Netflix’s Emily In Paris: did you spot the show’s subtle tribute to SATC’s Carrie Bradshaw?

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Netflix’s Emily In Paris is the new romantic TV series from SATC’s Darren Star, and the trailer is… well, we wouldn’t expect anything less from a Sex And The City creator, quite frankly. 

Updated on 12 October: It makes sense that Netflix’s Emily In Paris, the new romantic comedy series from Sex And The City’s creator, Darren Star, should include a nod to Carrie Bradshaw.

Especially when you consider the fact that Patricia Field, aka SATC’s designer and four-time Costume Designers Guild award-winner, was also in charge of all Lily Collins’ character’s big fashion moments.

Speaking to E! News about her involvement in both TV series, Field made a point of comparing the sartorial differences between the two iconic characters.

“I would say that in a certain way, Emily was at a bit more… I don’t want to say not as eclectic, but she had a story at a certain course, as she evolves in Paris, whereas Carrie, it was like a free-for-all and Sarah Jessica Parker understood all that.

“I would say that Sarah’s style was a bit more eclectic and Lily’s style was a bit more consciously Parisian development.”

Despite that, though, Field went on to explain that she included a subtle nod to Parker’s character within Emily In Paris.

Lily Collins as Emily in Netflix’s Emily In Paris
Lily Collins as Emily in Netflix’s Emily In Paris.

In a statement, Field added: “Emily’s black tulle skirt in Episode 102 is an homage to Carrie’s tulle skirt in the series finale of Sex And The City.”

Here’s a quick reminder, for anyone who needs it:

Field added: “If Sarah Jessica is the queen, Lily is the princess.”

As reported on 11 September: If you thought that this year’s coronavirus lockdown and ongoing social distancing rules meant that every single film and TV show was going to be horribly delayed, think again. Over the past few months, Netflix has been steadily keeping us entertained with new content, and the streaming platform isn’t slowing down its efforts anytime soon.

In fact, the streaming service has just revealed the giddy first trailer for Emily In Paris, the new (and completely star-studded) romantic comedy series from Sex And The City’s creators, Darren Star.

And… well, let’s just say we are into it. In a very big way.

The trailer begins with Emily (Lily Collins) flinging the curtains open and staring out at the Parisian landscape.

“Oh my god,” she says excitedly. “I feel like Nicole Kidman in Moulin Rouge!”

Cue a slew of shots of the Chicago native living her best life in the city of lights, donning an array of outfits that have given us serious fashion envy.

Watch the trailer for Netflix’s Emily In Paris below:

Fun fact: Patricia Field, who led costume design for both Sex And The City and The Devil Wears Prada, designed every single one of those outfits.

And you can so tell, can’t you?

What’s the plot of Netflix’s Emily In Paris?

As reported on 22 July: would you believe us if we said it’s about a woman named Emily and her move to Paris?

Fine. The series is all about an ambitious 20-something marketing executive from Chicago, who unexpectedly lands her dream job in the city of lights when her company acquires a French luxury marketing brand. Her mission? To revamp their social media strategy. However, Emily’s time in Paris isn’t just about working hard: there’s a lot of playing hard, too.

Netflix's Emily In Paris
Best new TV: Netflix's Emily In Paris.

As per Netflix’s synopsis, our leading lady’s life soon becomes filled with intoxicating adventures and surprising challenges as she juggles winning over her work colleagues, making friends, and navigating new romances. Which means that, yeah, it’s a lot like the unfulfilled Parisian dreams of SATC’s Carrie Bradshaw. You know, when she flew halfway across the world to start a new life with Aleksandr ‘The Russian’ Petrovsky?

We only got two tantalising episodes of the New Yorker’s time in France, so we’re very pleased that Star is turning his attention to another Parisian romance. And we’re just as pleased that Patricia Field (oh she of The Devil Wears Prada and Sex and the City fame) is on-board as the show’s costume designer, as it means we’re going to be served up some seriously lust-worthy fashion moments, too.

Here’s a glimpse at one of the show’s soon-to-be iconic outfits, if you don’t believe us:

Who makes up the cast of Netflix’s Emily In Paris?

Lily Collins will be bringing all of her charm and talent to Emily In Paris as she takes on the series’ eponymous role.

She will be joined by:

  • Ashley Park (Mean Girl On Broadway)
  • Kate Walsh (Grey’s Anatomy)
  • Philippine Leroy Beaulieu (Call My Agent!)
  • Lucas Bravo (Smart Ass)
  • Samuel Arnold (Antony & Cleopatra)
  • Camille Razat (The 15:17 to Paris)
  • Bruno Gouery (Doc Martin)
  • William Abadie (Resident Evil: Extinction)
  • Arnaud Viard (Clara et Moi)

What are people saying about Netflix’s Emily In Paris?

Not a lot just yet, as the show has yet to be released on the platform. Rest assured, though, that the SATC comparisons have already begun flooding in on social media – especially after Collins tweeted out some snaps of her and her castmates from the set in Paris.

“Work is HARD,” she captioned the shots. “Can’t you tell?

“Still can’t believe we get to spend all day together and it counts as a job. Love my @emilyinparis girls…”

Meanwhile, Star has said: “MTV Studios and I couldn’t hope for a more perfect home for Emily In Paris than Netflix. With their international reach, we are excited to share Emily with audiences around the world.”

How many episodes of Netflix’s Emily In Paris will there be?

Emily in Paris season one will be made up of 10 episodes, all of which will clock in at around 30 minutes each.

When is Emily In Paris coming to Netflix?

The romcom series is expected to air this autumn.

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Kayleigh Dray

Kayleigh Dray is Stylist’s digital editor-at-large. Her specialist topics include comic books, films, TV and feminism. On a weekend, you can usually find her drinking copious amounts of tea and playing boardgames with her friends.

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