SJP: Ugly-Pretty Fashion Bastion

26 Jan

Just a few snaps to inspire the ladies or indeed gents, I’m not a great lover of the ‘Carrie Bradshaw‘ (played by actress Sarah Jessica-Parker) character of Sex & the City, in fact I often say she resembles a foot. I tend to lean towards the obstacles that face a certain blonde bombshell ‘Samantha Jones‘. However I must confess, whilst I read Stephen Fry’s autobiography in the daytime, my intellectual self is cast aside when my trashy read appears before bedtime ‘The Carrie Diaries‘. Written by the same author of ‘Sex & the City’, where Candace Bushnell crafts the history of one of fashions most influenctial fictional characters of our time.

She made it acceptable to showcase the bra as part of a party dress and took risks; which is essentially what all stylish women aim to do. She had fleeting love affairs and made mistakes; but most importantly she looked fabulous.

I will shortly be crafting a pearl headband for Springtime, but with a twist (inspired by the likes of Miss Carrie Bradshaw.) So here’s to you Patricia Field the brains behind the styling of this inspiring character, and also behind many fabulous fashion filled flicks (Devil wears Prada, Ugly Betty and Confessions of a Shopaholic.) Back in ’08 Ms. Field even collaborated with big boy British chain M&S, and boasts her own fabulous fashion line back in NYC.

A selection of my favourite Carrie fashion moments:

This came from one from the earlier seasons (there were 6 in total) and was my inspiration for the well-worn shaggy ‘French chignon’  of 2010/2011.

The first date with light installation artist ‘Alexandr Petrofsky’ played by the infamous ballet dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov. Plus I’m a sucker for a flapper dress, and beading.

This was trully the ‘icing-on-the-cake’, the dress from the final (tearful) episode, where Carrie wears a  great many layers of tulle under this seafoam green Parisienne dress. Even to this day, I can’t ever go too long without a little French influence in my crafts.

‘The last supper’ with the girls before she departs for Paris, I’m pleased Patricia Fields brought about a British invasion with this frosted white Zandra Rhodes coat and structured trapeze Jill Stuart dress, which took around two years to filter down in to high street stores (plus it was only right that she wore Manolo‘s for her last night in New York.)

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4 Responses to “SJP: Ugly-Pretty Fashion Bastion”

  1. Nadia February 25, 2011 at 1:06 am #

    i absolutely love the jill stuart dress and i have been looking around for it or one really similar and i was wondering if you knew where to get one like it or the same because i adore it!
    love your blog by the way

    • ellaouise February 25, 2011 at 7:54 am #

      I saw one very similar in UK high street chain ‘River Island’ in 2010 – it didn’t have the same structure in the skirt, but had the same neckline, same acrylic fur effect and same shade of pink. (Hope this helps.)

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