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'Sex' Symbols

May 25, 2008|Booth Moore

"SEX AND THE CITY" set trends like no other show in television history. The cocktails, the hangouts, the newsboy caps -- where Carrie, Samantha, Miranda and Charlotte went, we followed. The film takes place four years later, and though a few things have changed, the foursome is as stylish as ever.

Here's a look at some of the show's memorable style touchstones, and their equivalents in the new film.

The statement pin

TV: Flower. In Season 3, Carrie wore an oversized silk flower brooch on everything from cocktail dresses to casual tank tops.

Film: Feathers are the new flowers. Fred Leighton supplied the $95,000, 19th century sparkler that Carrie wears pinned to her wedding dress. She also wears feathers in her hair.

The cocktail

TV: Cosmopolitan. Carrie and the girls kicked off the craze, frequently meeting over rounds of pink cosmos.

Film: Margarita. The girls drown their sorrows in margaritas in Mexico.

The sidekick

TV: Boyfriend. In Carrie's everlasting quest for the perfect man, David Duchovny, Vince Vaughn, Ron Livingston, John Corbett and Mikhail Baryshnikov took turns by her side.

Film: Personal assistant. The affable Louise from St. Louis (Jennifer Hudson) helps Carrie get her life on track.

The Manolo moment

TV: Manolo Blahnik Mary Janes. When Carrie discovers the nirvana that is the shoe closet at the Vogue offices, she sees a pair of Manolo Mary Janes and realizes they are not an urban legend after all.

Film: Manolo Blahnik jeweled blue satin Hangisi pumps. Carrie marks her territory in the spectacular penthouse that Big buys for them by placing a new pair of spectacular shoes in the closet.

The princess gown

TV: Versace. In the show's finale, Carrie was all dressed up with nowhere to go in Paris, wearing a gray tiered tulle ball gown.

Film: Vivienne Westwood. Her cream puff of a tulle wedding gown could bring back the trend of poufy, '80s-era wedding dresses.

Neck candy

TV: Personalized pendant. Carrie's street chic gold nameplate necklace spawned countless imitators.

Film: Pearls. Now, she's rarely seen without an opera-length strand of pearls. Pearls were due for a comeback, and we're betting this will help.

The wacky accessory

TV: Goofy minaudiere. In the first go-round, it was L.A. designer Timmy Woods' purse shaped like a horse head.

Film: Goofy minaudiere. Woods again -- this time, with a purse shaped like the Eiffel Tower.

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