Look of the week: Why the internet is cooing over Sarah Jessica Parker's pigeon handbag

Look of the week: Why the internet is cooing over Sarah Jessica Parker’s pigeon handbag

Written by Lea Dolan, CNN

With the good, the bad and the ugly, ‘Look of the week’ is a regular series dedicated to unboxing the most talked about outfit in the last seven days.

On Wednesday, paparazzi snaps of Sarah Jessica Parker and Kristin Davis filming scenes from the second season of the HBO Max series “And Just Like That…” ricocheted across the internet. (HBO Max is owned by CNN parent company Warner Bros. Discovery.)

In her role as Carrie Bradshaw, Parker was spotted wearing a khaki jumpsuit, vintage Dior sandals and harboring a peculiar creature in the crook of her elbow: a pigeon. A sneak peek of her look was also unveiled on @andjustlikethatcostumes – an Instagram page curated by “And Just Like That…” costumers Molly Rogers and Danny Santiago, offering a behind-the-scenes look at the characters’ wardrobes for more. more than 200,000 subscribers.
Sharp-eyed fashion enthusiasts quickly clocked the bird as an $854 clutch from designer JW Anderson’s Fall ’22 collection. The 3D-printed life-size pigeon wallet opens from its right wing to reveal a space just big enough to hold an iPhone and maybe a wallet. “AJLT S2 Carrie with JW Anderson pigeon clutch and Fendi ankle baguette is perfection,” London-based fashion editor Hannah Tindle tweeted, “absolutely no comment.”

While some drew comparisons to the “pigeon man” from the ’90s “Hey Arnold” children’s cartoon, most – including fashion industry insiders – cooed over the bird bag of the actor. “SJP wearing the JW pigeon clutch makes me happy lol,” one Twitter user wrote. “Starting the season with the pigeon is already iconic,” added another fan on Instagram.

The JW Anderson pigeon handbag has been causing a stir since its release earlier this year. Credit: James Devaney/GC Images

And for longtime fans of the “Sex and the City” franchise, the handbag is further proof of Carrie Bradshaw’s reputation as a dopamine dresser: prioritizing clothes that spark joy — at both for the Internet and for itself. While some fear amassing too many sartorial benchmarks, seeking instead “timeless” pieces that promise never to date, Bradshaw has always embodied an eclectic and flawed sense of style.

There’s a long line of handbags, hats and other accessories worn by the fictional columnist over the years – a handbag inspired by a horse’s head (“Sex and the City” season four, episode one ) a crystal-encrusted Judith Leiber Swan handbag (“Sex and the City” season two, episode ten), a Timmy Woods Eiffel Tower bag (“Sex and the City”, 2008) and – continuing the avian theme – the blue bird of paradise fascinator she wore to her wedding a few scenes later in the film.

Moschino's Spring-Summer 2023 collection included inflatable handbags.

Moschino’s Spring-Summer 2023 collection included inflatable handbags. Credit: Justin Shin/Getty

While Parker is one of the first celebrities to be seen with Anderson’s piece out in the wild – singer Sam Smith wore the bag to the Harris Reed Spring/Summer 2023 show during London Fashion Week last month – the original bags have a moment. During Paris Fashion Week, Balenciaga showed off a leather tote bag with a built-in glove at shoulder height, as well as a clutch shaped like a family pack of Lays crisps. At New York Fashion Week, Collina Strada sent wine glasses hanging inside macrame handles down the runway, and one green organza handbag even had a broccoli head attached via a metal carabiner. In Milan, Moschino’s clutches were inflatable – with a rubber valve to fill up the air.
Earlier this year, French luxury house Coperni went viral with a very impractical glass Swipe bag adored by Doja Cat and Kylie Jenner.

These bizarre accessories sit at the intersection of fashion and memes. By showcasing the infamous pigeon purse, Rogers and Santiago crafted an Easter egg moment destined for virality on screen and beyond. And just like that… A moment of internet culture was born.

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