Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Carrie's SATC Clothes: Don't Try This At Home

I wonder, is Patricia Field's fashion influence, from film to real life,
my problem with SATC?
Liz Jones in the Daily Mail explains it all
Those clothes are criminal! Ridiculous hats and frilly tutus - Why Sex and the City's Carrie is wanted by the fashion police
Thanks to Sex And The City, women no longer dress as men at work, but instead wear colourful, girlie prints. The character Carrie Bradshaw was a woman who dressed to please herself, not to make her attractive to men.
Patricia Field, the Oscar-nominated costume designer, gave us vintage, utility and eccentric layering. She brought back the full skirt, the prom dress, the eighties (even the batwing, cropped sweatshirt) and stilettos.

But the problems started when we began to take literally what a fictional character wore to make a point, drive a scene or promote a belly laugh. We began to buy £400 pairs of shoes and £800 handbags with no thought of wardrobe space or our credit rating. Very few of us can walk in those shoes. Carrie looked effortless in bondage shoe boots, corsets, black net and gold lame, while the rest of us ended up resembling over-the-hill hookers.

Go ahead and read the rest of the article which gives us the take down on translating the Carrie Bradshaw signature look to real life with everything from over the knee socks to tutus to arm warmers to fascinators.
TUTUS Carrie wore a tutu in the opening credits of the TV show, and it reappeared in the first film when she packs up her wardrobe. It is very Eighties, and works on Carrie given her ballerina body, but wearing one I felt like one of those Disney ice-skating hippos.
What works for a film character with the frame of a 10 year old, is most likely not going to work for the rest of us.
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metscan said...

I´m afraid you will be seeing something similar in real life too. And so will we, but later.

brohammas said...

Just to assure a male perspective is understood, Sarah Jessica Parker's appeal is purely a feminine phenom.

Dressing for herself and not for men, as men are in no way attracted to her. She is a woman's woman, and as far as whether she should be imitated, just know that she is quite truly the visual twin of Dee Snyder from the band Twisted Sister.

Belle de Ville said...

Metscan: yes the SATC influence is large and this movie will spawn countless women to wear some outfit or accessories that would best be left to film characters.

Brohammas: Yes, I believe that Carrie the character, and not SJP herself, is a creation for women, not men.
And Thanks for stopping by BHB and leaving a comment!

The Townhouselady said...

They shouldn't be taken literally it's an idea that hopefully inspires daring.

I liken her to myself when I was a little girl dressing up. More was more and tutus were perfect day-wear. Just look at Suri.

Couture Carrie said...

Her character sure did have some wacky outifts!


Savvy Gal said...

I do like Carrie's wardrobe in the movies or the series. However, for real life, I will take it down a few notches. However, with this being said, it is important to dress to please oneself and be creative with fashion (with perfectly understanding of one's own style) while having some fun in the process.

Deja Pseu said...

Carrie (the character, not SJP) really had some egregious getups. I think the clothes on all of the characters got wackier and wackier as the series progressed. It was almost like Patricia Fields had to up the ante on outrageous each season.

Looking Fab in your forties said...

Liz Jones makes me die, she has spent more money having her top lip waxed over the years than Carrie has spent on shoes!

Mardel said...

I never have gotten why these looks have taken off so.... on a character I see the point, fiction often has to be extreme to get the point across, but in real life, I'd prefer not to. I believe in having fun. But when did fiction stop being fiction?

Belle de Ville said...

TH Lady: Yes, it needs to be taken as what it is...little girl dressing up a la Suri Cruise.
CC: Some outfits worked and some didn't...that's why copying her look is dangerous for the average woman.
Savvy: Yes, by all means have fun but take it down a notch.
Pseu: I agree, it was as though Patricia Field couldn't just keep the same look, she had to take it further each episode or film.
Fab: You are too funny...I know nothing about Liz Jones, but I think she called it correctly on these outfits.
Mardel: Chickflicks are supposed to be fun, and the looks don't bother me in the movies. The problem is when your average girl start emulating the look.

Mardel said...

Oh, I didn't mean to imply they bother me in a movie either, it is part of the character, and it is fun. But I see too many people who take it too literally and the look does not translate to real life and real people well.

Laguna Beach Trad said...

Atrocious. So far I have successfully resisted the temptation to see this film, but, judging by the comments of the ladies in the office today, I'm not missing much.

It has just come to my attention that certain S&TC fans are attending cinema showings as S&TC characters in full drag.

Belle de Ville said...

LB Trad: yeah, I can imagine the temptation for some boys to go in full drag to this film. The clothes can be so over the top, they invite queenly imitation.

Jill said...

I wish I could find a list of everything Miranda wears...love the colors and the style...much more realistic.

The Preppy Princess said...

Thank you, thank you, a thousand thank yous for articulating my thoughts precisely. Perfectly. You nailed it.


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