Costume Designer Patricia Field Speaks on Not Returning for 'SATC' Reboot

by Kilian Melloy

EDGE Staff Reporter

Tuesday May 25, 2021

Kim Cattrall and Sarah Jessica Parker in a scene from "Sex and the City."
Kim Cattrall and Sarah Jessica Parker in a scene from "Sex and the City."  (Source:HBO/YouTube)

Longtime "Sex and the City" costume designer Patricia Field opened up about not designing for the show's upcoming reboot, "And Just Like That...," which goes before cameras this summer.

As EDGE previously reported, Field was reportedly booked already with costuming duties on another show created by Darren Star, Netflix's "Emily in Paris."

Field spoke on her absence in conversation with WWD, saying, "I wasn't able to be in New York doing that and be in Paris doing 'Emily in Paris.'

"But I told them to call my very dear friend Molly Rogers, who also worked in my store back in the day. She did 'Sex and the City' with me from start to finish. She knew it well, so she's doing it. My dance card was full."

Experience counts, of course, but the outfits Field had put together for the iconic foursome on "SATC" were creations the designer came up with herself. Field served as the costume designer for all six seasons of the show's run on HBO and continued designing for the two feature films that followed. That continuity — and originality — was a touchstone for the franchise.

"I do know that people enjoy watching my creations because they're mine," Field reflected. "I'll put together things that nobody else would put together. Everything comes from my brain and my eye."

And her heart, Field added: "If it feels good to me, I go with it."

Still, reports suggest fans of the original show won't be disappointed with the reboot's fashion sense. Rogers brings impeccable credentials to the new project, having worked on "The Devil Wears Prada" and "Ugly Betty."

Another high-profile absence from the series is that of Kim Cattrall, whose refusal to participate in a third feature film killed the franchise at the box office. Not only that, Cattrall won't be returning for the revival, which is slated for a 10-episode run on HBO Max with a possibility for additional seasons.

Previous reports indicated one major sticking point is the long-rumored feud between Cattrall and her co-star, Sarah Jessica Parker, who plays Carrie Bradshaw. Field, however, has remained close with Cattrall, who she revealed is going to be remarried soon, remarking: "So I sent her to Dior. They make this New Look jacket that is a laser type jacket that comes in at the waist. It's cut very well. She went there and got it."

While the new show will be missing one-fourth of the original main cast, it will offer no fewer than six new characters that will represent a broader, more diverse group than the original "Sex and the City" presented.

One new character will be a non-binary podcaster played by Sara Ramírez. What's more, it's been reported that three of the new additions will be women of color. This expanded representation will extend behind the camera too, with the writers' room including more diversity.

Fan speculation has run high over the question of whether the main male characters from the original series will also return. The first male actor to confirm his involvement in "And Just Like That..." was John Corbett, who announced that his character Aiden Shaw — a onetime fiancée for Parker's Carrie — would return. Fan favorites David Eigenberg (who portrayed Steve, the husband of Cynthia Nixon's Miranda) and Chris Noth (who played Carrie's eventual husband, Mr. Big) initially said they would not return, but the news recently broke that they will be joining the reboot after all.

There's no word yet on whether Evan Handler (who played Harry, the husband of Kristin Davis' Charlotte) will follow suit but one male character who evidently will not be returning is Jason Lewis (who played Smith, Samantha's long-time beau who eventually gets dumped in the 2008 'SATC' movie).

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Associate Arts Editor and Staff Contributor. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.