Share via Email Sex and the City 2. The odds on whether you will wear harem pants this summer just got a lot shorter.
That is just a simple statement of fact, my friends, so don't shoot the messenger here, OK? They shortened, to be specific, the moment the trailer for Sex and The City 2 hit the internet and it became clear that the balloon-legged jazzy trouser with a fierce heel is this sequel's heir to the prom-dress-and-corsage that personified the first series. Let me put this another way.
On the one hand, we have the catwalk-approved looks for this season: So far, so sensible. The first option is, without question, more wearable and has the truer catwalk pedigree. The look is — in the words of Carrie herself — "Princess Jasmine from Aladdin, but with cocktails".
The trailer focuses on the foursome's holiday in Abu Dhabi, a location which the scriptwriter seems to be under the impression is a ferociously desirable holiday destination, which I must say is news to me, but we'll let that one slide for now.
Think sparkly gold harem pants, and harem-panted jumpsuits in Pucci-esque paisley or billowing ivory parachute silk. Think turbans and headscarves and romantic, Disney-length curls, instead of the GHD-ironed urban gloss of old. Think Arabian-night necklines and thigh-high splits. Think early Matthew Williamson: As a concession to local attitudes to appropriate attire, there are fewer tiny cocktail dresses than in the first feature film — hence the harem pants, which more than make up for the lost impact of bare thigh.
Imagine if Williamson had taken his exotic-sexy schtick and applied it to Dubai's most high-rolling beach-and-brunch club rather than Ibiza's beach bars, and you get the picture. How to pick the best scene for style points? There's the one where Carrie and Samantha ride a camel together, Carrie in a strapless jumpsuit, Samantha a swimsuit under a silk cape — as you would.
But then there is the scene where the foursome — a blur of gold high heels, turquoise eveningwear and clutch bags with the price tag of a modest hatchback — stride purposefully by a swimming pool. There are, of course, several scenes in which the foursome stride purposefully in heels, and that is, I repeat, just the trailer. Carrie Bradshaw meets Princess Jasmine: The new Carrie trademarks The new corsage?
And then there's the white dress. Sex and the City would be nothing without a Carrie-led ashion craze, but this sequel set a new standard for trend-setting, when pictures from movie set featuring Sarah Jessica Parker in a white Halston Heritage above-the-knee dress caused a stampede to stores months even before the release of the trailer. SJP wears the dress in the first scene of the trailer, and on the movie poster - whether the actress's other job, as investor and chief creative officer for Halston, has any bearing on this is not for us to say.
Good news just in - THAT white dress is back in stock at net-a-porter. Note, also, a cut-out swimming costume which would give Cheryl Cole pause for thought and a red manicure with gold half-moons which knocks the boring old French straight outta the park.