Start spreading the news, singulars swing into a New York-style shopping spree.
The HBO television series Sex and the City portrayed it perfectly. Watch any given episode, still popular in reruns, and see before you the fashions and frolics of the single woman in New York City, each character giving life and personality to the experience in a distinctly different way.
Notice as well that no matter what the theme of the episode, the characters are fashionably dressed while they shop at trendy boutiques, dine at chic restaurants and enjoy nightlife galas that pop off the screen in one big subliminal mantra: “All you single ladies, come to the fabulous Big Apple and take your own delicious bite.”
Best of all, no matter how many times you visit this fast-paced metropolis, there’s always something new that is waiting to be explored. So pack a quick suitcase, grab an additional carry-on for all of your shopping spoils, take one friend or a bunch, and head to New York for some serious retail therapy.
Shopping in NYC, Carrie Bradshaw Style
Carrie, a New York newspaper columnist, freelance writer for Vogue and fashionista extraordinaire is best known for her addiction to expensive designer shoes notably Manolo Blahnik’s, Christian Louboutin and Jimmy Choo. Eclectic by nature, she often mixes thrift shop vintage finds with high-end labels. Her style is edgy and spontaneous.
If Carrie reflects your style, the Upper East Side of the city is a great place to start. On Madison Avenue, notorious for both its trendy and classic boutiques, you will find Barney’s, a world-class department store stocked with everything from Manolo Blahnik’s to Christian Louboutin shoes.
Still haven’t found the right pair? No worries. Jimmy Choo’s flagship store is right up the block. Anne Fontaine is yet another fabulous boutique whose claim to fame is the simple white shirt, tirelesslyreinvented by this designer season after season. Betsey Bunky Nini carries Paul Smith, Piazza Sempione, and Alberta Ferretti lines just to mention a few.
Henri Bendel, though technically a department store, feels more like a cluster of elegant boutiques, devoted to the likes of popular designer staples such as Diane von Furstenberg and J. Brand Denim. The first level’s slew of makeup counters carry such lines as Nars, Trish McEvoy and Mally, to round out your spree nicely.
If on a budget, Roundabout (also has a store in Soho) offers resale couture pieces (also new), carrying brands such as Hermes, Missoni, Prada and more. The Intimacy Bra Boutique looks to single handedly resolve the common issue of women wearing the wrong size bra by taking time and care to help you choose the perfect fit, sort of like Cinderella and the glass slipper.
Be sure to visit Julie: Artisans’ Gallery on Madison Avenue, the first gallery devoted to handmade clothing as an art form. Representing textile artists working in silk painting, shibori-resist dying, textural knitting, crochet and weaving, you can always find a unique piece. Each artist represented by the gallery uses their own innovations to create pieces that express their artistic vision.
Charlotte York Style
While Charlotte’s style is uptown high-end, she is certainly able to get her chic on all through the town. For her conservative personality, it is only proper that she have a wardrobe filled with designers such as Oscar De la Renta, Prada, and Christian Dior. Her style is clean and proper.
Pas de Deux is a good example of a Charlotte-type shopping spot. Modeled after a Parisian boutique with checkerboard-tiled floors, gray-blue walls, antique-inspired furniture and chandeliers; dresses, skirts, and tops in feathery fabrics line both sides of the narrow space. You’ll find silk skirts from CLU to Rag & Bone denim and Phillip Lim’s knit dresses and angora sweaters. Jeffrey New York is another one-stop, easy shopping experience. Likening his store to the perfect closet for any man or woman, each season Jeffrey and buyer David Rubenstein edit their collection to feature the best of the best.
Oscar de la Renta is a must for those looking for best bet selections while Lucy Barnes clothes are feminine and flirty. Zelie offers couture pieces in her new meatpacking-district store. There are hippie chic skirts, fun embroidered tees, stretch-denim strapless dresses, and an Audrey Hepburn-esque tulle dance skirt — very Charlotte indeed.
Samantha Jones Style
Samantha’s style is just like her personality: young at heart. Everything she wears is tight, fitted, and often a bit revealing. At times she favors flamboyant. While she may be the oldest of the four, her age does not show and her clothes usually prove it. She would shop in Vivienne Westwood, YSL, and Graeme Black.
Agent Provocateur is the spot if you’re looking for a bit of edge. From the stylishly sexy mannequins in the window to the sassy silver and pink interior, this is a shopping experience fashion-forward bad girls can’t afford to miss. Here, Leila Peep Bra’s share space with slinky gold-brocade pieces, scores of corsets and sweet pastel-hued silk panties.
Jewelry designer Alexis Bittar’s store sparkles in Soho. Her bold and colorful jewelry accents a range of looks from punk-rock to pretty-girl. Look for hand carved, hand painted Lucite and delicate, beaded pieces with pearls and semiprecious stones set in sterling silver or 24-karat-gold vermeil. Bonus perk: Allan and Suzi’s mix of new and vintage designer clothing and jewelry, supplied the wardrobe for the Sex in the City TV series.
Miranda Hobbes Style
Miranda’s style has evolved over time. Years prior, she often wore over-sized denim overalls and a baseball cap. Later she wore more flattering and conservative dresses. Retro inspired, many of her pieces have a 60’s appeal, but with a modern twist. She would shop in Roberto Cavalli, Bottega Veneta, and Ralph Lauren.
With its smoked mirrors, wrought-iron displays, and undulating staircase, the Bottega Veneta store is a fitting tribute to the sensuality of leather. This two-floor boutique, appointed with Euro beats and capped by a greenhouse ceiling offers signature woven leather handbags and women’s understated ready-to-wear collections, featuring silk cocktail jackets and swingy shift dresses. Bottega carries an ample supply of women’s strappy sling backs and demure cut-out pumps.
Another option is Roberto Cavalli’s flagship store offering over-the-top luxury. The store’s bright white walls are lined with richly dyed silk scarves, bright pink leather miniskirts, and the brand’s signature animal print dresses and pants. Gold ceiling fixtures and gleaming mosaic floors offset crystal-encrusted jeans and body hugging ball gowns; the fitting rooms and couches have animal-print pillows to further enhance the extravagance of sequined bodices and shredded silk cocktail dresses.
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