There are only three episodes left of And Just Like That..., the Sex and the City reboot which has dominated too many of our conversations over the past few weeks. And while fans may have hoped for the return of Samantha, they're still holding out for a sighting of Aidan. There's one cameo we didn't see coming, however, and it involves a very underrated old friend.
Remember Carrie's ill-fated trip to Paris with Alexandr Petrovsky, her Russian 'lover' as she repeatedly referred to him? Of course you do, it formed the finale of season six, broken into two parts (An American Girl In Paris, parts une and deux). To start with, it was all Sonia Rykiel outfits and jubilation at the sight of the Eiffel Tower, although this quickly gave way to Dior-based accidents, dog poo and couture dresses which never got to see the light of day.
The latter was the gargantuan gown created by Atelier Versace, a couture piece reportedly worth around $80,000. Referred to by the Russian as Carrie's mille feuille dress – 'the dress of a thousand layers' – it's just a little thing she throws on for dinner. As Petrovsky runs late, she ends up falling asleep, thus confining this exquisite piece of couture to a Parisian hotel room.
Until now, that is. In a preview of episode 8, available to stream from tomorrow (January 20), Carrie and Seema, otherwise known as the best Samantha substitute we've yet seen on the show, can be seen eating dinner in Carrie's old apartment. 'Want to see something amazing?' she asks. I think we all know the answer to that question.
The something in question just so happens to be the Atelier Versace haute couture gown, which she seemingly pulls out of her wardrobe with ease. So, it's not quite as shocking as if she'd pulled Aidan out of there but still, who doesn't love to see couture?
Perhaps the title of this episode, 'Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered', refers to our collective reaction on seeing such a dress emerge from such a modest storage space. Is Carrie's old walk-in closet the contemporary on-screen equivalent of Mary Poppins' magic handbag? Will we actually see Carrie wearing the Versace dream in any location that isn't a bedroom? And when, for the love of his old dog Pete, will Aidan be making his, er, big entrance?
For the answers to possibly none of those questions and more, you know what to do tomorrow.
SHOP: The Outfits From And Just Like That
Carrie dressed up a swishing floral maxi dress with this sequinned bag from Paco Rabanne. The exact style is sold out, but the brand has plenty more options when it comes to disco-ready accessories.
Sporting another Fendi Baguette, this time the dinkier Nano.
A surprising outfit for girly-girl Charlotte, but we love these clean-cut overalls.
Batsheva's pink-and-white housedress is a lot nicer than what we wear to do the washing up.
Lisa is earning a reputation as the group's boldest dresser, pairing this puff-sleeved fuchsia jacket with some sunflower shorts from Max Mara. For a winter alternative, try this leather pair from COS.
Carrie's tutu is back in business. OK, it's not the same pink style she wore in the original show's opening credits, but this long swooshing number is still fetching.
Charlotte looks sunny side up, despite the grey skies, in this egg yolk yellow skirt and matching pumps.
Seema Patel, played by Sarita Choudhury, appeared for the first time on set wearing this criss-cross jumpsuit from Ralph Lauren.
We love this combination on Carrie; a fabulous blue-and-orange dress (vintage), a modern-day boater (Rodney Patterson) and towering platform sandals.
Is that socks and sandals we see on Carrie?! Her hip surgery in episode five explains the choice of footwear, but it's still a first from our stiletto-loving heroine.
Charlotte does modern power dressing in this nipped-waist tweed dress in powder pink from St John.
The last time she wore a 'bird' on her head, Carrie was marrying Mr Big (/hitting him with a bouquet of roses when he left her at the altar). If you've seen the first episode, you'll know that this meeting is something of a head-scratcher...The outfit however is 10/10. (The polka dot skirt is Carolina Herrera; the hand-painted bag is by artist Rebecca Moses.)
Carrie's flowing maxi dress (an usually bohemian choice it must be said) caused much confusion when some sources said it was vintage and others that it was Forever21.
For her confrontation with Carrie, Bridget Moynahan was styled in a polished shirt dress from luxury sustainable label Gabriela Hearst.
For a scene filmed outside the Lyceum Theatre, Kristin Davis looked exceptionally 'Charlotte', wearing a flower-embroidered cocktail dress from Lela Rose, a powder blue handbag from Louis Vuitton, and a watch from Cartier.
In the best revival yet, SJP was spotted wearing those peacock blue pumps - Manolo Blahnik's Hangisi - that she last wore for her low-key wedding to Mr Big.
As well as digging out her beloved Fendi Baguette, SJP's also resurrected this studded belt from Streets Ahead. As eagle-eyed fans will remember, the eye-catching accessory made its debut in the first movie, cinching the waist of the rose-printed dress that she wears to go apartment-hunting.
For a cafe catch-up, Charlotte ventures into the world of print with a white sundress patterned with blue sailboats from Emilia Wickstead.
This is the second pair of wedge sandals spotted on Miranda - proof, if you needed it, that they've come a long way since being the type of shoe your old headmistress would wear in summer.
Miranda's berry red jumpsuit scores a perfect 10 in our book and is from homegrown label Likely NYC.
Saint Laurent's Farrah platforms prove that our heroine hasn't lost her love of heels (or serious height).
LTW is the show's new ambassador for power necklaces (this one is from Monies).
Charlotte was seen in princess pink dialled to its punchiest max in this blouse, a $154 number from Gosilk.
Carrie was always game for a fancy hat - her fascinator once caused a fight between her Berger, remember? - and this jaunty straw style is no exception.
We shudder at the thought of the costume department's shoe wardrobe (it must be similar to when our heroine found herself let loose in the cupboard at Vogue), and love these patent and super stacked Mary-Janes. The necklace has become a new signature of Carrie's, and is from Fry Powers.