‘Sex and the City’s’ Carrie Bradshaw will go down in history as one of the most stylish characters to ever be portrayed on television. Played by Sarah Jessica Parker, the fashionable writer had more than a handful of memorable outfits onscreen and quickly became synonymous with fabulous style. Bradshaw was, and still is, an icon to millions of women all over the world and I’m sure that for years to come, new generations of younger girls are going to continually discover the show and idolize her too.
Offscreen, Parker is a style icon in her own right often wearing designers such as Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood, Chanel and Halston Heritage - a diffusion line for which SJP serves as creative officer and president. With all those fashion credentials under her Dior belt (sorry, I’m in “Carrie mode”!) it’s no surprise that Parker opted to wear Lanvin on the red carpet earlier this year and also sport one of the most iconic pieces from the Spring 2008 collection in this year’s ‘Sex and the City 2’ movie.
ShoWest 2010 - Spring 2010
Whilst on the promotional tour for ‘Sex and the City 2’ earlier this year, SJP chose to wear this incredibly beautiful Spring 2010 dress with blush coloured Charlotte Olympia shoes. I love how SJP adapted this look for the red carpet. On the runway the dress was layered with a puff-sleeved black tee, belted at the waist and paired with sexy red heels. It’s such a great look for the runway but on the red carpet, it may have been harder to pull off. SJP stripped all the accoutrements away and let the dress really shine on its own. She’s literally glowing - her hair looks super shiny and healthy and her make-up is fresh and pretty.
‘Sex and The City 2’ Movie Still - Spring 2008
Wow. What a beautiful picture! The colour of this dress against Mr. Big’s gorgeous ultramarine blue shirt is breathtaking. The way the fabric drapes along SJP’s body is so romantic. I’ve written about my love for the Spring 2008 collection before - it’s my all-time favorite collection by any designer, ever! - so I am overjoyed that it is still getting love in 2010. Costume designer Patricia Field knows how to hit all the right notes and I haven’t been able to get this image out of my head for the past few weeks. I may not have initially agreed with Carrie’s choice of Big (or should I say John James Preston?) in the season finale of ‘Sex and the City’ but I simply can’t imagine Aidan here in John’s place. This picture of the couple is so iconic and could have been lifted right out of the pages of Vogue.
The runway shot of the Spring 2008 dress Carrie wears as modeled by Raquel Zimmerman.
‘Sex and the City’ Movie Stills - Resort 2008 Wedding Dress
I cannot believe I almost forgot to include these stills in this post! When the first ‘Sex and the City’ movie came out this was my favorite fashion montage and I much preferred it to the closet scene where Carrie is modeling outfits for the girls. The Vivienne Westwood wedding dress that Carrie chooses is incredible, but I do remember thinking at the time how much this Resort 2008 Lanvin dress suited her personality more. It was quirky but feminine, sweet but whimsical and lovely with the added pearls and ribbons. Alber Elbaz used the Resort season to introduce these non-traditional wedding dresses and I can’t help but wonder if the wedding would have gone to plan had she worn this dress, instead of the Vivienne Westwood one… (Sorry, Carrie mode again!)
Also just for fun, here’s a picture of Alber Elbaz and Sarah Jessica Parker together from way back in 2004. Style.com notes that this photograph was snapped at a party for the filming of the last two episodes of ‘Sex and the City’ in Paris. Trés chic!