Barack Obama was joking when he said he was canceling all appearances the day "Sex and the City: The Movie" opens. But for fashionistas, tonight's debut is no laughable matter. Giggle-inducing, maybe. But laughable, definitely not.
Last June, three years after the HBO series ended and before the movie was confirmed, Chicagoan Kimberly Burt threw a ‘‘Sex and the City’’ party with two friends themed, ‘‘Oh, we are so not over it!’’
So you can imagine the state Burt is in now — giddy over what she will wear tonight when she serves on the host committee for a Girls Night Out screening of the movie.
The fashion as much as the friendships, after all, made the ‘‘SATC’’ series exemplary.
‘‘You could watch an entire episode of ‘SATC’ on mute simply because the costume design is so fanciful and rich and fun,’’ said Burt, central-region marketing director for Dom Perignon and Moet & Chandon.
Like the Fendi baguette and Manolo Blahnik stilettos from the series, the film, with its 300 wardrobe ensembles in 135 minutes, is likely to fuel some infatuations. Famed ‘‘SATC’’ stylist Patricia Field and other fashion experts singled out a few key looks:
"A large clutch, big statement jewelry and a wide belt will be what most women should have from this movie," he said.
And, ephemeral frocks aside, Burt said the series has one simple but enduring style influence that the movie will reinforce: "Dressing."
‘‘Amidst the craze of the velvet track suit, ‘SATC’ drove the point home that it doesn’t matter if you are doing casual brunch downtown or attending a gala uptown—you dress for the occasion,’’ Burt said. ‘‘The girls dressed for everything, always paying attention to their surroundings and allowing their personalities to come to life through their ensembles.
‘‘You would never see Carrie walk into Prada wearing a jewel-toned velvet track suit.’’