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Summer Swimwear by SATC Stylist Patricia Field

Julie Spira and Patricia Field

Julie Spira and Patricia Field

Although Sex and the City 2 may be a distant memory, it’s now officially swimsuit season. ?SATC stylist Patricia Field launched her new House of Field Swimwear line on the rooftop of 230 Fifth in Manhattan the day after the film’s premiere so grab your tanning butter and select your favorite design.

Patricia Field’s Swimsational Disco Soiree included custom Sex and the City inspired cocktails by SKYY Vodka, and a fashion show attended by thousands of SATC fans and fashion enthusiasts. The cost of the bathing suits run from $90-$200 and portrayed a colorful delight on a desert themed evening. Accessories included eye wear an beach towels.

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Sex and the City 2 Week – A Conversation with Stanford, the Broom

The Sex and the City 2 Opening Week Celebration was in full force. Starting with the Premiere at Radio City on Monday evening, continuing with a private party for SATC stylist extraordinaire Patricia Field at her swimwear disco soiree and fashion show, and ending with a 9-hour Sex and the City Hotspots Tour on the film’s opening night from On Location Tours. The evening ended with an exclusive interview with Willie Garson, best known for his role as Stanford Blatch, ?Carrie’s best male friend in the films and television series.

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Julie Spira and Patricia Field

Since I was in New York, where Carrie, Charlotte, Miranda and Samantha frolicked in style, it seemed fitting to spend the evening on the Sex and the City Hotspots Midnight Madness Tour before going to the midnight show.After all, New York is the city that doesn?t sleep.?I already knew my favorite scene was the wedding scene with Liza Minnelli singing Beyonce’s All the Ladies.

Our tour guide was as knowledgeable as a Sex and the City encyclopedia, if one did exist. She started by asking how many Samantha?s were on the bus. Only one person raised their hand. It appeared most women thought they were Carrie or Charlotte, or a combination of the two.

The Plaza Hotel

We started in front of the Plaza Hotel, where Carrie had said goodbye to Mr. Big in a scene based on the film The Way We Were. We drove past several locations that one could not forget, including Trey and Charlotte?s visit to Tiffany to pick out her diamond engagement ring.

We had the opportunity to jump off the bus and stop at the Pleasure Chest, where Charlotte bought her first ?rabbit? and the trendy Buddakan, the location for Carrie and Big?s rehearsal dinner for the wedding that wasn?t.

It was a hot and humid New York evening, so I was thrilled to stop for a signature Cosmopolitan at O?Neals Grand Street Bar in Little Italy, along with Betty Confidential and New York Post writer, ?Carrie Seim as well as??Single Gal in the City blogger, Melissa Braverman. The bar was known as “Scout” in the television series.

On the tour, we learned the following:

* SATC 2 had 114 costume changes
* Carrie Bradshaw spent $40,000 on shoes in one year.
* Carrie’s annual salary was estimated at $54,000
* Charlotte York was 32 when she asked a man out for the first time

When Aidan was going to be written out of the series, fans and loyalists around the world sent furniture made out of toothpicks and popsicle sticks to HBO and said, ?Please don?t let Aidan go out of business?

Willie Garson (Stanford in SATC)

After dinner, I met up with Willie Garson, ?who had just gotten off the phone with Sarah Jessica Parker in London. Before introducing the film to the crowd, Willie shared with us his thoughts about Sex and the City 2.

I asked the Sex and the City star who came up with the term ?broom,? a combination of bride and groom, during the gay marriage wedding scene. Willie replied with, ?Michael. We have the best writer in the business. If you asked him right now he?d write ten more movies, he?s so smart.? I have a feeling there will be many more brooms in days to come.

Willie added, ?There?s a funnier line in this movie, but we can?t say it on television.? It?s Kim?s line about the guy in the desert. My God is that a funny line.?

Of the two weddings, one in the first film and one in the second, I asked him which was his favorite. He replied with, ?Oh, wow. That?s hard to say. We don?t have favorites in Sex and the City. It?s all one story about these ten people.?

And finally, I asked, ?Should one kiss and tell?? His reply was, ?Always. You should kiss and tell someone, you shouldn?t kiss and tell everyone.? I have to agree with Stanford Blatch on this one.

In real life, Willie has been a friend of Sarah Jessica?s for 25 years. They talk almost daily.

If you missed the Midnight Madness tour and are a SATC fan, no need to fret. You can book your Sex and the City Hotspots Tour at your convenience.

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The Multi-Million Dollar Sex and the City 2 Wardrobe

Photo by Craig Blankenhorn ? ? MMIX New Line Productions, Inc.

It won’t appear like there’s a recession when fans go to see the long-awaited Sex and the City 2, due out in theatres on May 27, 2010.

According to In Touch Weekly, Carrie Bradshaw’s ?wardrobe included 41 costume changes. Some of the designers included Pucci, Halston, and Alexander McQueen. ?Phillip Block, stylist-to-the-stars, was on the set and he estimated the price of the wardrobe for Sex and the City 2 at $10 million.

In the?InTouch article, Block said, “Some of these pieces cost more than an SUV,” he says. “But they get better mileage!”

Sex and the City Stylist Patricia Field had dressed Carrie in Halston in one of the television episodes where Carrie was dating a politician. In the recently released documentary film, Ultrasuede: A Search for Halston, Field?said, “It was a play on Jackie O.”

Krsitin Davis, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall and Cynthia Nixon will get to keep their new over-the-top wardrobe to memorialize their second feature film. The question to ask yourself is, “What fashion designer will you be wearing to view the Sex and the City 2 film with your girlfriends?”

Ultrasuede: A Flashback to the 70s with Halston

If disco fever, Studio 54, and pillbox hats are more than a distant memory, put on your Halston dress and go see the film, Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston.

Whitney Sudler-Smith and Julie Spira

This week, the Costume Council of LACMA along with support from?Dame Elizabeth Taylor, Elizabeth and David Netto, Katherine Ross, Cameron Silver, Angelique Soave, and Alexandra Von Furstenberg, presented the west coast premiere of the documentary film by?Whitney Sudler-Smith. Following the film, guests were treated to a reception in the Los Angeles Times Center Court at the museum.

We had the opportunity to remember Halston, America’s first celebrity designer, and hum a few songs, including “Big Shot” by Billy Joel and “Le Freak (Freak Out)” by Chic. Joel included a line in his song, “You were all impressed with your Halston dress” in his 52nd Street album and Chic’s song was inspired by a night the disco band couldn’t make it past the roped off line at Studio 54 for their own appearance.

It was Halston, they said, who gave birth to ultrasuede in the U.S. It was Halston, himself who said, “You are as good as the people you dress.” I arrived wearing the only ultrasuede dress I could find in my closet.

Authors, Judith Krantz and Julie Spira

The film starts with Liza Minnelli, wearing her velvet Halston pants, talking about her personal relationship with the designer. Minnelli wore a yellow Halston dress when she accepted the Academy Award for Cabaret. We are reminded that Halston created the first pillbox hat for Jackie Kennedy for the Presidential Inauguration.

From his start at the Halston department at Bergdorf Goodman, where women were required to wear hats, through the decadent days at Studio 54, the film covered it all. Clearly, the 70s belonged to Halston.

Among the others interviewed in the film, were?Sex and the City stylist Patricia Field, who shared her story on how she dressed Sarah Jessica Parker in Halston in an episode where Carrie was dating a politician. Fields said, “It was a play on Jackie O.” Angelica Huston shared some of her runway moments and we

Other attendees included designers James Galanos and Kevan Hall, author Judith Krantz, and Alexandra von Furstenberg, whose mother Diane appeared in the film.