“Sex and the City” – the great demise

Allow me a quick detour into the world of popular culture. As a major cultural vehicle through which most of the world is acquainted with fashion, I do think the recent “Sex and the City” film deserves a moment of attention — if only for all the controversy the film has caused. Space limitations prohibit me from addressing all the stereo-typing and cries of racism the film has elicited. And that’s not even to consider the anti-feminism undercurrent present in both of the films. And then there’s the simple issue of bad cinema… (See this and this for two very well-written – if scathing – reviews of SATC 2).

What interests me at the moment however is the fashion. If Carrie Bradshaw was once a couture darling, in “Sex and the City 2” she is “Barbie goes to Dubai” — a grotesque caricature of American tourism and commodification. Not to imply that the Carrie of the early days of the HBO series wasn’t a consumer – of course she was – it’s just that the imaginative edge and actual appreciation of couture vanished as she donned a mocking “J’adore Dior” t-shirt to parade through an exotic spice market. Becoming a style icon may have been the inevitable result of the series context of New York City – a city forever wed to glamour and high fashion – but it seems that the ladies are now the silliest of chameleons, who change clothes so many times in a day, just for the sake of changing.

So, readers, any thoughts on the sickeningly sweet eye candy (which might ultimately blind us) that “Sex and the City” has become?

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  • Vicky June 10, 2010 10.46 pm

    I actually really enjoyed the movie, for me it was an ode to the 1930s, a true depression era movie for our current depression, and and someone who studies the 1930s I thought that Pat Fields costume choices were a brilliant ode to that period. The film is pure escapism for me, it’s not about real life, neither was the series, it’s always been stylized. While the Orientalism in the film is in some ways problematic, I’d bet Prince of Persia probably is too (though to be fair I have yet to see that one). I think some of the reviewers have had some rather unrealistic expectations of S&TC 2.

  • Gina Americana June 11, 2010 03.22 pm

    I’ve not seen the movie yet, but from what I’ve noticed from the previews, the costumes are ridiculous. I’ve travelled a lot in the places where they are in the film and I would never (nor have I ever seen) anyone dress so conspicuously in these places. Yet, like the S&C girls, I love clothes too! Perhaps it is escapism for the masses after all!

  • Christian Esquevin June 12, 2010 04.46 pm

    As a comparison, there’s always Marlene Dietrich in chiffon in The Garden of Allah

  • Relished Artistry June 14, 2010 07.32 pm

    I’ve not seen the movie, and from the photos and promos I’ve seen I probably won’t… I think the series featured fashion by not so overtly drawing attention to it in every single moment–and when they did they made sure to cheekily point it out. Fashion was one of the “characters”, not the focus. Seems the SATC phenomenon is now chasing it’s own tail–from the photo you’ve provided it looks more like Priscilla, Queens of the Desert than anything chic! Ultimately, the entire series started going down hill when it became self-aware of it’s own fashion influence and it’s lost it’s integrity–and thus the very influence on taste that it once had… It’s slipped from effortless fashionable expression to purpose-laden overwrought affectation…


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