HBO’s “And Just Like That” includes 3,000 handbags

The HBO series And just like that … definitely got people talking. Besides the obvious controversy, it is mainly for its fashion and especially for its handbags.

Yes, there are the dozens of Manolo Blahnik heels that have made the Sex and the City franchise a hallmark, with playful dress outfits that made the runway a pioneer in haute couture, which others are following, like Emilie in Paris and Schitt‘s Stream, follow suit.

And Instagrammers too. The official @andjustlikethatcostumes account isn’t the only one documenting the show’s fashion prowess, as are @justlikethatcloset and @everyoutfitonSATC.

The show, starring Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon and Kristin Davis, shows how versatile New York women are in their style, but also always whimsical and ready to party. It also reveals how each character (now in their 50s) evolved or moved on from the previous iteration of the series. Beyond the brands that we see scrolling on the screen, from a Norma Kamali dress to a Jean-Paul Gaultier jumpsuit, handbags were an essential accessory in every outfit.

But one of the most fascinating parts of the show is the dream-worthy handbags. According to the series’ costume designers, Molly Rogers and Danny Santiago, around 3,000 handbags are used in the series, turning the series into a luxury shopper’s fantasy on screen.

There are handbags by Judith Leiber, Sonia Rykiel, Paco Rabanne and Gucci’s collaboration with Balenciaga, among others.

Rogers explains that their approach to handbags on the show was straightforward. “We used pieces that worked with the outfits, that was most important, it didn’t matter who they belonged to or where they came from,” she said. “That’s all that goes with the outfit.”

There were also vintage handbags from Parker’s personal collection, which can be seen on the show.

“We had access to his archives and were delighted to see Fendi there,” says Rogers. “There was also a Gucci belt bag, and she had some quirky tote bags that she loved and wore on the original series.”

Each handbag for each outfit has been chosen by its design elements. “It has to be the right size, color and texture,” says Rogers.

According to Santiago, one of his favorite moments is what he calls “the turtle sack moment”.

“It’s a double sack effect in Carrie’s first change in the new series,” he said. “Nobody knows where it came from and it’s a beautiful color.”

Rogers adds that there is an “upcoming sack of octopus in an unreleased episode.”

Stay tuned.

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