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Sex and the City Cast

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There's probably no fashion designer out there these days who would turn down the chance to have one of their frocks featured in the new Sex and the City movie.

But it wasn't always like that for Carrie Bradshaw & Co…

"We couldn't get anybody to loan us a sock for 24 hours back then," Sarah Jessica Parker remembers of SATC's early days in the new book Sex and the City 2: The Stories. The Fashion. The Adventure.

That's why legendary stylist Pat Field dressed Carrie in a lot of used vintage pieces. "She was so industrious and smart and creative," Parker says. "She would see the way New York really was at the time but use vintage as a big part of Carries' wardrobe…Part of it was just a necessity, but it was also a design choice."

SPOILER ALERT! The new movie opens with an '80s flashback of all four gals. "I personally made as many bad choices as anybody else in the '80s, but I don't really regret it because it was age appropriate and I think it's good to spend time trying to fit in and then realizing how unimportant it is," Parker says.

SATC writer-director Michael Patrick King also reveals that the bad economy inspired him to include Carrie, Samantha, Miranda and Charlotte's getaway to Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

Huh?

"This time I was more than aware of the downturn in the economic climate," King says. "There were reminders everywhere of how people were being forced to cut back and tighten their belts and I thought—perhaps like the filmmakers during the Great Depression of the '30s did—that what might be in order for the sequel was a big, fun, decadent vacation for the girls on-screen as well as for the girls in the audience."

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