Meet TikToker, Carla Rockmore, who has a dreamy eclectic closet that resembles Carrie Bradshaw's

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  • On TikTok, Carla Rockmore is likened to Sex and the City's Carrie Bradshaw because of how stylish she is. 
  • She recalls how her love for fashion started in her mother's closet when she was seven.
  • Getting dressed up, peppering in humour, using her fashion knowledge and cultivated closet seemed to be a match made in heaven to her friends, so she started doing these videos.


Jessica Parker had Carrie Bradshaw's original stuff in her personal storage. "I kept every single solitary thing," she told Vogue.

Over the years of Sex and the City (SATC), she has been spotted off-set,  wearing some of Carrie's outfits that are every woman's dream. 

There are no surprises there. Who would not want to have something from that closet?

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Carla Rockmore. Image supplied by Carla

Now, can you imagine my excitement when I was scrolling down Instagram to come across someone who could be the real Carrie Bradshaw?

Who is she? A quick search on the internet revealed, TikTok calls her Carrie Bradshaw.

Carla Rockmore tells W24 about her style being likened to that of a character who has influenced fashion enthusiasts all over the world. 

"It was shockingly validating, LOL…," she says. 

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Carla Rockmore. Image by Stewart Cohen

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ABOUT CARLA AND CARRIE

"The first time I ever saw the character of Carrie Bradshaw styled by the fabulous Patricia Fields, I felt like I was home. I have always mixed it up. I have always dressed in a ball gown skirt and a tiny T-shirt. I instinctively loved the tension of things that shouldn't go together and the challenge of making them work seamlessly. That's exactly how Carrie dresses. It's not so much the clothing but the concept that your look is just an extension of your personality that Carrie and Carla share," she shares. 

TIKTOK SENSATION

Carla who is based in Dallas, Texas, became a TikTok sensation when she started sharing videos of her closet and ensembles in April 2021.

"Getting dressed up, peppering in humour, and using my fashion knowledge and cultivated closet seemed to be a match made in heaven for my friends, and I initially started doing these videos for them. I did not plan the social media journey. It was all very serendipitous," Carla reveals. 

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She makes it look seamless to put together a dazzling outfit.

"Unless you make sure to toss your own personality into your look, you will just be a walking advertisement for somebody else's ideas. If I box myself into a certain style, then I feel restricted. Some days I feel like dressing very minimally. Other days, I'm a full-on maximalist. I go with my gut when getting dressed. Something always has to excite me a little bit to get the ball rolling," Carla tells us. 

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Carla Rockmore. Image supplied by Carla

INNATE FASHIONISTA

Carla recalls how her love for fashion started in her mother's closet when she was seven. She would watch her mother get ready and would marvel at how breathtakingly beautiful she was. 

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"My love of fashion started in my mother's closet when I was seven years old. I was watching her get dressed to go out. Sharing a memory that will never her, she recalls, "My mother was wearing a cream fitted suit like Bianca Jagger. She had just ironed her long straight black hair, and she was reaching for her 6-inch high gold platform sandals. The mom holding a bag of crackers, who only a few hours earlier had picked me up from school wearing a long floral maxi dress and Birkenstocks sandals, was now a femme fatale. I was hooked."

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Carla Rockmore. Image supplied by Carla

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HER ECLECTIC STYLE

"I love the yin and yang of a look. If I wear a very feminine dress, I'll purposely throw on a construction boot. I love the colour with colour and black with white. Man or woman, you need to go with your gut and what feels right to you," she says. 

The 54-year-old mother and wife went to school for fashion and designed clothes for 25 years. But after having children, she parlayed that into jewellery design.

"I watch the shows and read about fashion. I have manufactured, sold, and taught fashion seminars. Fashion and style have always come naturally to me. I think that's a very big life lesson, to do what you do well, cultivate it and don't force yourself to do something that doesn't come naturally," she says.

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Getting to know Carla a little more:

What are the three most cherished things in your closet? 

My son's baby shoes, my grandmother's 1920s flapper beaded handbags, and the first handbag my husband bought me when we were in Paris before we married.

What is your most recent best/favourite buy? 

My most recent favourite buys are a tie between a yellow Prada coat and a yellow Gucci midi skirt. I just realised these are both sunshine yellow!

You seem like such a happy and bubbly person. Could this be the reason you love bright colours? 

 I absolutely dress according to my mood. I recognise the power of getting dressed and how it makes you feel. I have always been a workaholic, and after moving to the United States from Canada, it took me a long while to find my groove. There is no garment industry in Texas. I felt sad, lost, and depleted until I picked myself up and travelled to India to start a fine jewellery line. We went into lockdown as soon as I returned from Jaipur on my fourth development trip. I watched Netflix for about two weeks and realised it was either find something to do from my home that was a creative outlet or go on pharmaceuticals LOL.

Trends to look out for in 2022?

The mini skirt is going to be a big trend. People are finally starting to embrace color, and the maxi skirt also be a strong counter balance to the mini skirt.

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