Thursday, May 17, 2012

Vogue Archives: June 2008 Sarah Jessica Parker

gold chiffon evening dress by Versace
Manolo Blahnik d'Orsay heels
bracelet by Nicolas Ghesquiere for Balenciaga

     It was when I watching a Sex and the City re-run one night that I ultimately decided that I've got to invest in those season box sets. I thought that it was time that I finally watch ALL of the episodes and those wretched re-runs are almost never shown in the right chronological order. That initial thought was the catalyst which started this unintentional quest for all things Sex and the City and of course finding out more about Carrie Bradshaw (who is my favorite character btw.) After all, I was only eleven years old when the HBO series began and nine when Candace Bushnell wrote the book which ultimately inspired the television series, so I obviously had a lot of catching up to do. After having purchased and watched all six seasons (which actually came in 7 box sets in total because the sixth season was split in two parts) -- and by the way they were re-designed from those tacky plastic covers they initially came in into these super cute new covers that had a memorable Carrie Bradshaw moment set against a very clever New York City skyline backdrop made out quotes from the show -- I also managed to track down a copy of the book in it's original cover that was published in 1996. 

     And when I thought that I was done obsessing over Carrie, I just remembered the June 2008 Vogue cover story which accompanied the release of the first movie. I remember buying this copy after finally watching the movie with some college girlfriends and crying my eyes out, especially during the jilting wedding scene. The cover shoot, titled Rebel Romance, which featured both Sarah Jessica Parker and Chris Noth (Mr. Big) was styled by Phyllis Posnick and photographed by none other than one of my favorite photographers, Annie Leibovitz. The concept for the shoot was supposed to be their imaginary honeymoon, but Anna Wintour and the rest of Vogue ultimately decided that the only honeymoon destination island for this couple is Manhattan. The spread is pretty much self-explanatory -- Carrie with Mr. Big seen in several New York City landscapes (on the observation deck of Rockefeller Center, in front of Bergdorf Goodman, a suite in the Plaza hotel, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Opera, and ascending steps at Central Park) complete with glamour, romance (or should I say heavy PDA and almost borderline inappropriate?) and of course the latest and greatest fashions (the clothes almost make you wonder if Patricia Field had a hand in it all!) Oh, and of course don't forget the Manolos. Come to think of it, the theme of this entire shoot is pretty much the premise of Sex and the City: The Movie but that doesn't mean that it's any less fabulous

Love, KB

banded washed-silk evening dress and gloves by Lanvin
black pumps by Christian Louboutin

Vera Wang wedding gown from the fictional Vogue shoot in the SATC: the Movie

Dior Haute Couture wedding gown

boucle suit by Chanel
Lanvin Hat
Balenciaga by Nicolas Ghesquiere pumps 

Nina Ricci silk-satin dress and shoes 
Balenciaga by Nicolas Ghesquiere necklace

Alexander McQueen peacock lace-and-tulle dress
Chanel pumps
De Vera antique neklace

Marchesa satin-organza dress
Christian Louboutin pumps

Narciso Rodriguez wool dress with a banded back

Versace chiffon dress
Manolo Blahnik heels

Dolce and Gabbana chiffon evening dress

baby pink Christian Lacroix 
Haute Couture taffeta-and-organza dress
also featured in the fictional Vogue shoot for SATC: The Movie

Carolina Herrera duchesse-satin-and-gazar wedding dress
Dior hair piece


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