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Winter

Style secrets from ‘Sex and the City 2’

Co-Costume Designer Molly Rogers gives InStyle.com the inside scoop on dressing the girls for Bergdorf's … and camel rides.

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Easy to dress

After six seasons on the small screen and two movies, co-Costume Designers Molly Rogers and Patricia Field know their girls backwards and forwards. "It's so easy to dress all of them--you're just standing in front of the racks and something jumps out at you, like, 'That's a fabulous color for Cynthia; that's so Charlotte,'" says Rogers. "[Even] salespeople now are like, 'I've got a really cute skirt for Kristin.'"

Miranda: Bottega Veneta dress, YSL pumps.
Carrie: Halston Heritage dress, Christian Louboutin heels, Solange Azagury-Partridge necklace.
Samantha: Vintage Item dress, Patricia Field mules, VBH clutch.
Charlotte: Christian Dior suit and bag, Christian Louboutin pumps.

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No fur in the desert

For a scene set in Abu Dhabi (and shot in Morocco), the designers gave the characters a fantasy wardrobe with fantasy accessories: Charlotte wore a regal Chanel collar ("Pat liked the Cleopatra element on Kristin"), Samantha rocked snake earrings and Miranda sported a bib necklace. But what about Carrie? "We tried to have her wear a hat in the tent scene," says Rogers, "But it was white rabbit fur and we just couldn't justify wearing fur in the desert, so we just left it on the blanket as a prop."

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'It's like they're the Supremes'

The biggest thrill for the designers was shooting the fashionable foursome away from Manhattan -- and making them harmonize. "I think the whole idea of this trip was like a symphony or concerto with the other three and Carrie together," says Field. "It's like a girl group -- it's like they're the Supremes!"

Miranda: Vintage.
Carrie: Halston Heritage dress.
Samantha: Ralph Lauren.
Charlotte: Vintage dress, Julien David scarf.

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Real last-minute deal

An 11th-hour visit to underground designers, The Blonds, took this scene in a radical new direction. "That was a real last-minute deal," Rogers says of the looks. "Pat's original idea was to have them all in long dresses like a girl singing group." Instead, Samantha's studded dress and Carrie's jeans were hastily (and stunningly!) added to the mix.

Miranda: Vintage Halston dress.
Carrie: Chanel skirt over crystal-covered jeans by The Blonds.
Samantha: The Blonds dress.
Charlotte: Vintage YSL dress.

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Lots of different shoes

"Flashdance" was the starting point for Carrie's first flashback outfit, along with Rogers' own '80s wardrobe. "All of us had plastic see-through bags," she says of working at Patricia Field's Lower East Side shop. "I got mine out of storage." But the biggest sticking point was the (flat!) shoes. "I'm sure it was extremely difficult for [SJP]," jokes Rogers. "We toyed with lots of different shoes, Doc Martens and things like that, but we thought it was classic Americana to be in a sneaker."

Carrie: Vintage luggage, Converse shoes.

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Desperately seeking something

Deciding which kind of '80s lady Carrie was going to be was no easy task. "At the end of all Sarah Jessica's fittings we would take a minute and talk about flashbacks," says Rogers. "We went with a 'Desperately Seeking Susan' look." The bulk of her outfit came from the Betsey Johnson archives. "Sarah Jessica added the pearls and rubber bracelets."

Carrie: Laura Ashley dress, Betsey Johnson corset, vintage Amy Barr shirt, Chantelle bra, Brian Atwood shoes and vintage jewelry.

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The rocker

Samantha's style was inspired by legendary music club, CBCG. "We went with a rocker look, punk rocker, in a way," recalls Rogers. "The idea just kind of came into the room." The outfit was a combination of vintage and accessories from Patricia Field's own store. "It took us a long time to find the right jean jacket."

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A no-brainer

"She was the classic sorority sister," Rogers says of Charlotte and her preppie style. "Charlotte was a no-brainer -- Add-a-Beads and all of that, Tretorn sneakers." Along with a pink-and-white getup, the character carried a hairbrush and a wooden-handled interchangeable bag.

Charlotte: Lilly Pulitzer skirt, Tretorn shoes.

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Straight out of a thrift store

Law student Miranda Hobbes got the full up-and-coming career girl treatment. "We wanted a suit with those shoulders and Reeboks and ankle socks," Rogers says. "It was a thrift store suit. We went straight to the thrift store in Queens. It was like, 'What suit do you want?' We probably got four bags of suits for $20."

Miranda: Vintage suit, Reebok shoes, vintage Barnes and Noble tote.

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Kiss or Kill

Sarah Jessica Parker was very hands-on when it came to putting together her character's unforgettable looks. "She would go through the racks and do Kiss or Kill," says Rogers, explaining, "Like it and it stays or you kindly kill it. She's a very fast edit. She can whittle down 20 racks in no time."

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'It feels really right'

"I believe that was our first day out," Rogers says of Carrie's already iconic outfit (as seen in the movie's posters). "When I see her coming out of that building it feels really right." The duo added glittering accessories to a simple white jersey dress. "It's clean and sophisticated and that Solange necklace is the little twist."

Carrie: Halston Heritage dress, Christian Louboutin shoes, Mykita sunglasses, Solange Azagury-Partridge necklace and Chanel clutch.

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A crew gift

"Pat changed that outfit the day we were shooting it," Rogers says of Carrie's casual look. "She felt like it was a summer day and we haven't seen Carrie just kicking around town and not all dolled up and done." Along with studded Brian Atwood pumps, Carrie sported a few more down-to-earth accessories. "The sweatband was a crew gift" from the producers ("I guess they knew we would be sweating") and the tote came from New York's Highline park.

Carrie: Closed jeans, Patricia Field shirt, Brian Atwood shoes and a Highline tote.

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'Alive and on fire with diamonds'

The designers went all the way to Paris to find a new signature necklace for Carrie. "It is just alive and on fire with diamonds," Rogers says of the Chahan Minassian piece. "We thought that was incredible to get that on her, because the shamrock stands for luck." Not only did they swap out the silver chain for a gold one, but the duo used the necklace as a bracelet in another scene.

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First fancy dress

For a scene set at Carrie's old apartment, her Dior newsprint dress made a comeback. "It was the first fancy dress that we ever bought her," says Rogers. "Pat loved that we could work that in again." And did Sarah Jessica Parker have any troubles slipping into the old favorite? "Oh, it was no problem for her to zip that baby up years later," the designer assures.

Carrie: Christian Dior dress, Christian Louboutin heels.

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Not in New York anymore

It may seem as though Carrie has worn it all, but the movie sequel allowed the designers to dress the characters in a whole new way. "They get to ditch their NYC duds," says Field. And wear the sort of flowing gowns that should never touch a dirty Manhattan sidewalk: "[Their look] is Middle Eastern, but still with their glamorous edge to it."

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