Pat Field Must Be Stopped!
Over the past couple of weeks, pictures from the Sex and the City shooting locations have been dribbling out to the press and honeys, we are distressed.
Back in the show’s heyday, one of the things for which it was celebrated was its style and justifiably so. The gals almost always looked great and when they didn’t look great they at least wore clothes that got viewers talking. Come on, how many times did Sarah Jessica flounce across your TV screen to the sound of “What the fuck is she wearing?”
All of the credit for that must go to the show’s stylist, Pat Field. Her funky, New York aesthetic was the perfect fit for the show and, if it wasn’t the launching point for trends, it was at least the place where a lot of people heard about trends for the first time. We can credit her with introducing (or re-introducing) Manolo Blahniks, Fendi bags, big fake flower pins, newsboy caps, and nameplate necklaces to the style-starved masses.
But darlings, we’re looking at the pictures from the movie and …well, someone needs to put her down because she’s clearly lost it.
Let’s start here:
Charlotte’s fine, if a little plain; Carrie’s working an updated Annie Hall, which we don’t love, but we don’t hate; Miranda actually looks fantastic here; and then there’s Samantha.
Show of hands, ladies: how many of you wear a jacket, skirt, belt, bag and shoes all in exactly the same color? And while we’re at it, how many of you dress like Krystle Carrington by way of Mildred Pierce? Kim Catrall and SJP have been at each other’s throats for years, but we didn’t realize Pat Field hated her too.
Let’s look at that Miranda number again:
She never looked that good. We always felt that Pat either didn’t know how to dress the character or didn’t know how to dress Cynthia Nixon, but the color and the silhouette look great on her.
But before we get too optimistic:
While this isn’t awful, it’s pretty much a good-on-paper dress. It probably looks much better on a hanger than it does on a real person. That print widens her and ages her at the same time.
As for Charlotte:
Nothing new to see here. By necessity, Charlotte’s wardrobe was always the most conservative and always the most like something you see real women wearing on the streets of Manhattan. Although sometimes it veered into caricature territory and we have to say, that pink and polka dot number does look a little cartoony to us.
Now, let’s look at Carrie. Brace yourselves, girls.
Oh come ON. Is she fucking kidding us? First off, that whole flower thing was played out years ago and Carrie stopped wearing them some time around the 3rd or 4th season, but even so, if she wants to try and revive the trend we think she should be thinking a little smaller. She looks like a Christmas decoration. A tacky one.
Pat always had a great eye for garments and a somewhat weird eye for accessories. That dress could be beautiful, but not with that coat, that belt, those shoes and that bag.
Which brings us to our final, painful point:
She is too old to be dressing this way. We don’t necessarily share Stacey and Clinton’s dictum that women over 35 can’t wear mini-skirts. As with so many things, it depends on the woman. Kim Catrall certainly looked great in them well into her forties. SJP…doesn’t.
And while this isn’t as unflattering as the previous outfit, it’s still not something a 41-year- old can pull off. Frankly, we’re not even sure a 21-year-old could do it. What’s with the little half-gloves? Between them and the thigh-highs, we have this overwhelming urge to yank on her.
Darlings, this movie was not a good idea. We can smell it from here.