While the free vacation provided an escapist excuse, the New York story was adjusted, if slightly, for today’s reality. For example, Carrie and her husband, Mr. Big, have downsized from the Fifth Avenue penthouse featured in the first movie to a more manageable outfit “a little more down to earth.…12 floors, to be exact,” albeit one that came with egregious walk-in closet scapes (clothes provided by Net-a-porter) to rival the shameless ab and crotch shots of the World Cup players who show up in Abu Dhabi. And the Stateside fashion is, by “SATC” standards, a little more tame — wayward headgear notwithstanding — too. There are silk sheath dresses, solid colors and T-shirts thrown on over sparkly skirts. Whether that was meant as a deliberate reflection of the new economy, or the fact that midway through production Sarah Jessica Parker was installed as president and chief creative officer of Halston, a label she appears in about six times by Field’s estimation, is anyone’s guess. There’s the opening white dress, and at least two versions, long and short, of the pleated and flounced dress Parker wore just weeks ago to the Costume Institute gala at the Met.
Parker didn’t comment on how her new post at Halston influenced her character’s wardrobe, but Field’s relationship with the label goes way back. When it came to “Sex and the City 2,” “I was just personally a little bit tired of all of these exaggerated, artificial shapes on clothing,” says Field. “Shoulders pointed out to there and skirts that look ballooned. I was just feeling — desiring — like, chic simplicity. And so I had turned to Halston.”
Lest things get too spare and sophisticated, Field found a place for a little tacky nostalgia from the good ole HBO days: A John Galliano for Christian Dior newspaper dress from season three.