Sunday, January 08, 2006

Style and the City

Carrie, Samantha, Miranda, and Charlotte. The girls of Sex and the City launched a thousand trends - items like Carrie's nameplate necklaces and big corsage pins were found in every mall in America. And thanks to Carrie's collection of highly impractical shoes, the show even made Manolo Blahnik a household name. But the other girls were no style slouches, either. Each had their own distinct look - Carrie was the eclectic fashion lover, Samantha was the over-the-top diva, Miranda was into practical luxury, and Charlotte was classic and a little bit preppy. Here are some of the highlights of each character's wardrobe:

Carrie: The riskiest dresser of the four, she did occasionally get it totally wrong, but her style was unique and completely right for her. She wasn't concerned with trends, instead she wore whatever she liked, from a $5 vintage dress to $485 Manolos and mixed things up to keep it all interesting. Carrie's style motto: If you love it, wear it. With everything.

Next is Samantha. She was the outrageous one of the group, and it shows in her fashion. She favored bright, bold colors, unusual shapes, body-conscious silhouettes, and of course, fabulous designer handbags. Her motto: If you've got it, flaunt it.

Now for Miranda - the most sensible one, at least when it came to fashion, she wore sleek separates and suits that befitted her position at a prestigious Manhattan law firm. Her short but sweet haircut was her trademark, and her cynical attitude often stole the show. Her fashion motto: Don't let your outfit steal the show.

Last but certainly not least is Charlotte. She was the optimistic, hopeful one, who believed in love and the good in people (proving an excellent foil to the others). Her closet was similar upbeat, filled with classics like pearls, pretty little dresses, and preppy sweaters. Her style motto: Always look your best. You never know who you'll meet.

Sex and the City brought high fashion and vintage looks to every city in America. Think about it - the show took Fendi and Manolo Blahnik, and tons of other brands and looks from being industry insider knowledge to being household names. Patricia Field, Sex and the City stylist and designer, fashionistas everywhere salute you.

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