Lace crowns, harem pants, monogrammed train cases, vintage turbans and painted fans. Despite mixed reviews, the costumes alone make "Sex and the City 2" worth seeing.
In the story, Carrie Bradshaw and her pals have moved on from thirtysomething single-girl angst to fortysomething married-girl angst (relationship malaise, career-family balance, hot nannies and hot flashes — depressing stuff). How to escape? An all expenses-paid trip to Abu Dhabi, and a fantasy wardrobe to go with it.
Unlike the costumes in the first film, this time, the look is more motivated by style than fashion. Not that there aren't a lot of big-name designers represented on-screen, including plenty of Halston (not surprising since Sarah Jessica Parker is chief creative officer for the Harvey Weinstein-owned fashion brand).
But there are also vintage finds, cheap chic basics from Zara and lots of discoveries from lesser-known designers, all of which made the series must-see fashion TV way back when. And this time, there's a book, "Sex and the City 2: The Stories. The Fashion. The Adventure" (Running Press), to document every head-turning look.
Costume designer Patricia Field and her team spent nearly a year doing fashion footwork — scouring markets in Dubai, sitting at runway shows, pulling from designer archives, visiting showrooms and working the late-night fashion party circuit, all in search of the perfect eye candy. The visual spectacle they create is its own kind of escape.
I spoke to Molly Rogers, Field's longtime collaborator and assistant costume designer on the film, about the process.
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