Ever since Sex and the City made its debut more than 13 years ago, we’ve been intrigued by Carrie Bradshaw’s wardrobe and its capacity to ignite (often ridiculous) trends. Carrie and the girls have since moved on, but the long-running series has inspired a new era of TV sartorial mavens, and today it’s as much about the costumes as it is the plot. To celebrate the launch of Dubai Fashion Week on October 20, we’ve found the top fashion-based series, where watching an episode is akin to turning the pages of the latest fashion magazine.
Glee Whether it’s know-it-all Rachel’s painfully sweet cardigan and knee-high socks ensemble or the quirky sophistication of librarian-esque guidance counsellor Emma Pillsbury, Glee is one hot fashion melting pot. Thanks to costume designer Lou Eyrich (whose looks were awarded a Costume Designers Guild Award in 2010), the cast share a unique style portfolio, with members dabbling in a diverse range of styles that covers everything from preppy and punk to college jock and nerd chic. Season three airs on OSN Network every Thursday
Gossip Girl Serena and Blair (played by Blake Lively and Leighton Meester) are renowned for their ultra-preppy NYC style. They’ve been spotted wearing everything from Marc Jacobs to Collette Dinnigan, but they aren’t the only ones causing a fuss: one of the series’ most lusted-after wardrobes is that of Ed Westwick’s dapper character, Chuck. Gossip Girl stylist Eric Daman admits the posh bad boy is his favourite character to dress. From Dhs92 for season four, www.amazon.com
The Hills Yet another reality TV series that revolves around a group of friends who live in the Hollywood Hills. The star of the show, Lauren Conrad, is the most clued-up, undertaking an internship at Teen Vogue while studying fashion at college, and her understated style is chic and relaxed (plus she made headbands cool again). From Dhs57 for season five, www.amazon.co.uk
Keeping Up with the Kardashians Some people might wonder why a TV show about three girls who do very little besides get their nails done exists at all, but we just can’t get enough of the high-fashion factor. The Kardashian sisters have highly covetable wardrobes, and they’re not afraid to flaunt them: Kourtney, Khloe and Kim are known to wear heels at every opportunity – even on a trip to the golf course. Season six airs on OSN Network every Sunday.
Mad Men This retro ’60s series has inspired many of this season’s hottest fashion collections. Stylist Janie Bryant is behind the sleek suits seen on Don Draper and the ladylike knee-length dresses worn by wife Betty and slinky secretary Joan Holloway: even if you can’t see yourself wearing them, watching this show is like taking a lesson in fashion history. From Dhs59 for season four, www.amazon.com