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Posted May 31, 2010 in Arts, Cool Shit | 0 Comments

The FASHION Behind SEX and the CITY 2

The fact that a franchise showcasing four middle-aged, self-obsessed women facing trials and tribulations with menopause and men has received such a large scale acclamation from young generations is a phenomenon in its own right. As I surveyed the crowded movie theatre lobby, it was not the expansive line-ups that stretched around the room that surprised me on the opening night of Sex and the City 2, but rather it was the smattering evidence of ostentatious style. Apart from seeing some chic outfits, many fans of SATC seemed to have chosen comfort and casualness for the big night. The movie, on the other hand, was everything but casual.

Before hearing the familiar theme song and the excited applause of the audience, I had as low expectations for the plotline of the second movie installment as I did for the first one. The franchise has undoubtedly lost touch with its roots. The film is devoid of any twists and surprises, and don’t expect it to live up to its title, because the sex is as dry as the Abu Dhabi desert in which Carrie, Samantha, Miranda, and Charlotte venture in pumps and killer heels. But since critics have butchered the sequel from every angle, my attempt is to discuss one of the very reasons why fans flock to the theatres to watch it: The fashion.

The film’s principle strengths remain true to its celebration of female friendship and the ability to dictate fashion since the dawn of the TV series. It’s reported that there were 125 costume changes and $10 million dollars in designer clothing and jewelry, all of which proclaim the glitz and glam of the new and upcoming trends. By virtue of Middle Eastern customs, the female foursome took on a more modest wardrobe incorporating flirty maxi-dresses, electric-colored kaftans, outrageous full-length jumpsuits, and even turban-like headscarves. Some gorgeous pieces included earthy and oceanic palettes of blues, greens, and ivory further complimented with bracelets, necklaces, and earrings adorned with loud studded stones. Back in the big apple, the ladies exude confidence with bold colors, daring cocktail dresses, and classic looks reminiscent of the 1940s and ‘50s divas. The opening scene had Sarah Jessica Parker rocking my favorite and the much talked about Halston white dress with Christian Louboutin gold glitter pumps (opening picture). The next 2.5 hours features a lineup of high-end designers including Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, Ralph Lauren, Stella McCartney, Hermes, Jimmy Choo, Dior, and of course Manolo Blahnik.

The 80s flashback scenes were a clever addition striking humor and nostalgia at the hideous styles and hairdos. Yet, it also represented fashion’s evolution and pronounced transitions over time. Fashionably-speaking, SATC2 certainly did not fail to impress. For the hardcore SATC fans and fashionistas, every single article in the movie is credited in the Sex and the City 2 book.

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