June 15, 2001 at 04:00 AM EDT

Sex and the City

type
TV Show
Current Status
In Season
run date
06/06/98
performer
Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis, Cynthia Nixon, Sarah Jessica Parker, Craig Bierko, Sonia Braga, John Corbett, David Eigenberg, Ron Livingston, Kyle MacLachlan, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Chris Noth
guest performer
Candice Bergen, Jon Bon Jovi, Margaret Cho, Alan Cumming, David Duchovny, Evan Handler, Dan Futterman, Willie Garson, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nathan Lane, Donovan Leitch, Jason Lewis, Lucy Liu, Matthew McConaughey, Anne Meara, Isaac Mizrahi, Bridget Moynahan, Frances Sternhagen, Justin Theroux, Blair Underwood, Vince Vaughn
author
Julie Rottenberg, Elisa Zuritsky
genre
Drama, Comedy

Good news: There are no synthetic flowers in sight — yet. The fourth season of HBO’s Sex and the City kicked off June 3 with its trademark mix of deadly (bulbous headbands) and to-die-for (sequined American flag bag) fashion statements. In honor of the only show where what they wear matters as much as what they say, we’ve done a little obsessing about a lot of clothing.

CARRIE

STYLE AND SUBTEXT Her whimsical wardrobe (argyle knee-highs, fanciful capes, a Jackie O-ish powder blue coat) still screams, ”I’m not ready for a grown-up relationship.” TREND ALERT A wave of girls will soon dive into the deep end of pearl harbor: Three strands adorn Carrie’s neck, which formerly showcased the gold nameplate and the gargantuan butterfly — both of which, by the way, are so last season. CLOSET CATASTROPHE Those white fingerless gloves. Get that girl some Isotoners!

CHARLOTTE

STYLE AND SUBTEXT Separation from the ill-equipped Trey finds Charlotte donning more black than usual and forgoing the prim Breakfast at Tiffany’s bun in favor of fun ’40s-style ringlets. TREND ALERT Preppy is back! In addition to boasting about having been a teen Ralph Lauren model, Charlotte sports a spiffy Polo hooded pullover. CLOSET CATASTROPHE This brand-crazed clotheshorse is in danger of overdosing on Burberry plaid.

MIRANDA

STYLE AND SUBTEXT Oh, Miranda. Whether dripping in drenched sweats at the gym (she’s training for the marathon), buried under thick turtlenecks, or posturing in a seemingly off-the-rack little black dress (she’s still dating losers), the frustratingly dowdy legal eagle is flailing. TREND ALERT Miranda’s previously choppy, greased-down crimson coif is suddenly a soft and sexy shag. CLOSET CATASTROPHE That harsh black utilitarian leather jacket gives us the chills.

SAMANTHA

STYLE AND SUBTEXT By the end of last season, we were ready to write off man-eater Samantha as a Contempo Casual-ty. But while she may be showing less skin, Ms. Jones’ loud, Pucci-esque patterns, overdone ‘do, and feathery purple boa suggest that she still considers herself da bombshell. TREND ALERT Nude self-portraits. For posterity, of course. CLOSET CATASTROPHE The silver trench coat that is just too Jersey girl gone uptown.

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