Now I’m not adding my opinion to the bandwagon of press reviews flying around the place and I’m not even saying that you might feel jealousy pangs knowing that the wardrobe for the movie reportedly cost $10 million!!! (Carrie alone has over 40 costume changes and SJP even gets to keep most of her outfits).
I don’t even think it’ll hurt too much to know that in these tough economic times (when most of us are pinchin’ the pennies rather than treating ourselves) that in one single outfit, during the karaoke scene, Carrie’s mix of Vintage Chanel and The Blonds cost a whopping $50,000!
|SATC 2 Fashionistas From L-R, Miranda wears Vintage Halston, Carrie wears vintage Chanel over jeans by The Blonds, Samantha wears The Blonds & Charlotte wears vintage Yves Saint Laurent.|
Keen SATC followers will remember episode 59 of series 4 where Samantha used the name of her client Lucy Liu just to get on the infinitely long waiting list for the, (and I quote - ahem): “It’s not a bag, it’s a f****ing Birkin!”
But, despite this piece of fashion sacrilege, the clothes continue to be the fifth character, just as in the TV series.
The reason why the outfits continue to receive such undivided attention is legendary stylist Patricia Field’s unique vision and green-monster-inducing personal collection. The heap of items that she has picked up over the years and miles appear regularly in the film.
|SATC 2 Stylist Patricia Field.|
This opened a whole new range of possibilities for the SATC 2 Stylist, who was able to bring in huge wide-brimmed hats, fascinators and vintage Chanel silk scarves and boasts “Lighting and camera just had to deal with it!”
|SATC 2 Carrie wears Mykita Franz sunglasses, Solange Azugary-Partridge gemstone necklace, white Halston Heritage v-neck dress, Christian Leboutin heels and Gold Chanel clutch bag.|
|SATC 2 Carrie wears blue pleated dress by Halston Heritage, Jee Vice sunglasses, cerise pink bag and gold Mary-Janes by Christian Leboutin.|
|SATC 2 Fashionistas From L-R, Miranda wears Bottega Veneta knee-length dress and Kara Ross Amo lizard clutch in honey, Samantha holds a VBH palm clutch worth $1,300 and Charlotte embraces the color-blocking trend with Christian Dior pink suit and leather bag.|
So…With all those clutches, totes, vintage luggage pieces, silk scarves and sun hats featured in the movie, I can tell you it’d be near-on impossible to analyze each and every one of ‘em.
But, from the laid-back, utilitarian chic of Carrie’s simple embroidered cotton tote by Shelley Steefee that she carries when taking a walk with Miranda, to Samantha’s VBH clutch that she teams with a stunning black body-con dress in the wedding gift-list scene (pictured above), it’s easy to say that if you want to copy any of the styles featured in the movie, you’ll need a budget as big as a Birkin!
Thanks so much for inviting me to be a guest blogger on the Chic Alert, Sally.