NEW YORK — “Sex and the City” fans who dreamed of living Carrie Bradshaw’s life now have a shot at owning her clothes — for the right price.
The fashion forward sex columnist’s tulle skirt and pink top, famously worn by Sarah Jessica Parker during the HBO’s show’s opening credits, will be auctioned off at Housing Works’ annual Fashion for Action fundraiser, happening this Wednesday through Saturday.
Of the look, which has become synonymous with the series based on Candace Bushnell’s best-selling book of the same name, Field said that when she was designing it, she had no clue it would become so iconic to die-hard fans.
“But I think they liked it because of its originality and because it was really evocative of Carrie’s personality,” she said.
Interested buyers will have the opportunity to bid on the outfit, as well as take part in shopping events for other designer clothes and accessories through a series of sales and parties, either online or at the Housing Works Thrift Shop flagship location in Chelsea. Tickets to the event range from $40 to $1,000, and money raised will go toward the organization’s services for those affected by AIDS, HIV and homelessness.
Field is a big a fan of Housing Works and rose to the occasion to be a part of this year’s event, which will be hosted by fashion savant, best-selling author and media personality Bevy Smith.
“I really enjoy Housing Works, and I always have fun browsing their thrift shops,” the designer said. “New Yorkers have a more stylish edge than most, so Housing Works manages to satisfy that fashion appetite with all the donations from these generous New Yorkers.”
“On top of that, they have been doing amazing work to support the community since the beginning of the AIDS crisis, which is the main reason I’m thrilled to support Housing Works’ annual Fashion for Action event.”
Photographer and “America’s Next Top Model” alum Nigel Barker, InStyle editrix Laura Brown, actor/activist Patricia Clarkson and Emmy, Tony, and Grammy-winner Billy Porter serves as co-Chairs of this year’s benefit.
“We’re excited to join together again at our Chelsea Thrift Shop for our beloved Fashion for Action event”, said Housing Works chief operating officer Andrew Greene. “We are very grateful to our New York City community — the shoppers, the donors, the volunteers — who help us raise vital funds for our programs and services all year long. This year we’re expanding our housing portfolio to serve even more unhoused New Yorkers in addition to continuing to offer accessible, integrated healthcare to all at our clinics.”
Along with Field’s donations, the fundraiser will also feature new designer merchandise discounted up to 80% off, and donations from fashion model-turned-mogul Kimora Lee Simmons, hip hop fashion innovator Misa Hylton, fashion designer Betsey Johnson, actress Chloë Sevigny, Paper magazine editor Mickey Boardman, socialite and newly minted “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star Kathy Hilton, among other notable style icons.
The auction falls about a month before an upcoming revival for “Sex and the City,” called “And Just Like That…,” begins streaming on HBO Max in December.
It also follows Airbnb’s announcement to rent out a replica of the brownstone apartment the show’s leading character inhabited.