There is no shortage of New York City style inspiration in the pop culture cannon. There’s Carrie Bradshaw, in her John Galliano newspaper dress and Manolo Blahniks. Audrey Hepburn, in her little black dress and pearls in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Ali McGraw’s oh-so-seventies trench coats in A Love Story. But, I’d like to humbly suggestion one more: Selena Gomez in Only Murders in the Building.
We first meet Gomez’s character, Mabel, as she walks down the street on the Upper West Side. She’s wearing a canary sweater layered under a faux fur mustard coat, round sunglasses, plaid trousers, and a pair of lace up boots. On her head? A yellow beanie and a pair of cherry red Beats headphones. (A key accessory, every New Yorker woman knows, for tuning out everything from construction noise to catcallers.)
As the show progresses, Mabel starts a true crime podcast about her neighbor’s murder along with fellow residents Steve Martin and Martin Short. All the while, she wears a remarkable array of autumnal pieces. There she is, chasing down a suspect in a green faux fur by Proenza Schouler, or visiting an art gallery in a sheer trench Dries Van Noten coat. Around her apartment building, the Arconia, she wears an array of chic knits ranging from the classic black turtleneck to an Anglo-grandma argyle.
Then there’s the boots: flat, black, and usually ankle, from Guiseppe Zanotti or Re/Done. (In season one, a footwear highlight was a muted yellow chelsea from Stella McCartney.)