Carrie Bradshaw ("Sex and the City")
Before the late '90s and the style reign of HBO's "Sex and the City," women tended to match their handbags to their shoes. And their bags and shoes to their clothing. And then there was Carrie Bradshaw, and matching was so last year.
Clashing, handled with cash and panache (and, yes, accented by Sarah Jessica Parker's perfect figure), became the new matching. When Carrie was mugged by a fashion-conscious dirtbag in season 3, she was wearing a maroon-and-white print dress, pink suede (Manolo Blahnik) heels and an iridescent purple (Fendi Baguette) handbag, and as she lost the latter two to the dirtbag, she looked chic. And very sad.
During the series, Carrie's favorite shoe designer, Manolo Blahnik, became a household name among people who'd never spent more than 50 bucks on a pair of shoes. Who knows how many women went into debt emulating Bradshaw. And who knows, maybe it was worth it.
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