Sunday 19 January 2020

Sex and the Sahara

Bairbre Power

Bairbre Power

Four women from Sex and the City and two legendary men. No, we're not talking Big and Aidan but Manolo and Christian.

The big fashion news from the keenly awaited SATC2 movie is that Manolo Blahnik has lost his monopoly in Carrie's affections, and her 'sole' mate has been replaced by Christian Louboutin, he of the red soles. In the first movie, Manolo's legendary blue satin heels had a starring role in the romantic plotline, but there has been a seismic shift in loyalty to Christian, whose gold Pigalle Strass shoes are 'the' footwear of the movie. (Turn to p18 for the scoop on where to find them.

If Patricia Field's styling teaches us anything, it's to embrace colour whatever the weather, to not let a sand dune get in the way of heels, and never, ever throw anything out, because it might just come back into fashion. Her wardrobe choices are a riot of colour, from minis for Manhattan to maxis for Morocco, with generous amounts of fantasy, vintage and recycling thrown in.

My favourite piece is the peach dress from the Halston Heritage range, of which Sarah Jessica Parker is president and chief creative director. Call it nepotism or fashion monogamy, but you can't help but be impressed by the prices for high-glamour frocks. They cost between €350 and €550; a tenth of the full-on designer Halston brand prices. You can buy the label at, while in Ireland Emporium Kalu stocks the purple and peach shorties plus a sensational, long peach maxi and matching long jacket -- perfect for a summer wedding.

If Carrie has switched affections between shoe designers, she is still a vintage queen and her stunning headpiece in the wedding scene is available from Patricia Field's website, where you will find other gems such as Samantha's special edition 1990s clutch bag. She also sells a good take on the famous white dress ($198) from the trailer and movie posters.

Turn overleaf for where to buy those amazing gold aviators, another one of my fashion crushes from the movie.

Irish Independent

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