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For a lot of women you embody fun and fearless female. what’s the most empowering things you find about being a fun and fearless woman?

(Laughs) I’m not quite sure how to answer this. Our characters are different, yet we’re very, very together. And no matter if we always agree, sometimes the characters disagree, like Charlotte judges Carrie. I love that part of the storyline because I think that we do this in life. It doesn’t really serve anybody, but this is a human nature thing... But I love the fact that what we’ve created all together, and what Michael (Patrick King) has created in the writing for us are really powerful women who can each be powerful in their own right and still be together. And, to me, that’s my favourite part of the whole experience, living through it together and also what we present. I think it’s almost the most powerful thing about the whole experience.

KIM CATTRALL: I think the most powerful thing for me is that we have encouraged a lot of women to change the way they feel about being single, about having cancer, all the storylines about getting married and then being deserted, being alone, being lonely. I think we’ve addressed them and encouraged them to come together. That’s a very powerful thing in this era of post-feminism....we’ve helped to find what it is to be successful, smart, and also feminine.

SARAH JESSICA PARKER: I tend not to ponder too much what we may or may not have done because I like hearing from other people what they think. But I will say that in an era where women are really unkind to one another and call each other kind of horrible names... I really, really love how these women love each other. And I love how decent and honourable they are toward one another. I love how much they respect one another. I love that they were never made to be friends. Their DNA is so radically different from one to the next, and they have found this incomparable friendship that is really truly inspiring to me and it changes the way I think about my friendships constantly. It changes the way I look at friendships, the way I respond to friends’ choices. But when I look at a lot of what’s available on television and see how women treat each other, it’s stunning to me. It’s arresting. And I like that there is some place that we still like to illustrate that women would much rather be allies than adversaries.

CYNTHIA NIXON: They’ve pretty much said it all, but there was a time when Charlotte and Miranda were having a big fight about Charlotte’s decision to stop working and to focus on having a child. Miranda was very disapproving, and Charlotte really called her on it. Charlotte said, ‘Isn’t that what the feminist movement is about? It’s not about you have to work, or you have to stay home. It’s about choices.’ And I think that, as Sarah said, these four women are so different from each other, and they have such different points of view and they’ve made such different life choices, but they love each other and they’re not shy about offering their opinions to each other and their advice. And I think that’s one of the things that I’m proudest of. I think we’re a feminist show, but being a feminist show doesn’t mean, ‘Yeah, you have to have a career,’ or ‘You have to not be married or be married.’ It’s really for these four women who are very close but very different, we see a whole range of what’s available out there and what direction you might want to take your life in.

What was it like shooting in Morocco?

KIM: Every meal was in tents. We had Thanksgiving in a tent.

SARAH: I’m worried that it’s not sounding like the extraordinary experience it was. It was laborious and it was Herculean, but it was one of the great experiences of my professional life, to live and work with this cast and that crew every single day; to see the sun rise and set over our locations and the most far flung places; to lie in a bed all day with these women, exhausted and laughing; to be on a camel with Kim Cattrall…

KIM: Not many people could say they’ve done that.

SARAH: No! But I’m telling you, it was indescribably wonderful to be so far away in such a wonderfully foreign place to have this incredibly cinematic experience, to be in the dunes of the Sahara for days and see things that we will never see again, to smell things, to eat things. I mean, yes, it was hard, but we could not have done it anywhere else this way.

There were no interruptions?

SARAH: We didn’t even have a bathroom. There was literally no interruption.

What was your best memory of Morocco?

SARAH: Oh, god, there was so much.

CYNTHIA: There’s so much. I mean I feel like those first very heady days in the desert. I mean that was such an introduction.

SARAH: Intense.

CYNTHIA: An introduction. It was like, ‘Wow, we really are far, far away in a place like we’ve never been before. And what was so great was we were mostly in Marrakesh, but then our first filming was out in the desert. So, we all — cast and crew — were on a plane, and when we arrived, they had musicians waiting to greet us.

KIM: And scarves.

CYNTHIA: Everybody was taught to tie them into turbans to help keep you cool in the desert. And, I mean, it was so amazing to land in this small airport in the middle of nowhere and be greeted with music.

KIM: It was touching.

KRISTIN: Beautiful.

KIM: It was amazing.

SARAH: I would say that the thing that I cherish most about it, and therefore it’s my most vivid memory, is that I got to live with this cast. We were removed. We were shooting out of the country for the first time. We’ve never done that. And we had this chance to live together and to know one another in a way we’ve never had the opportunity to do so in New York. In New York, we go home to our friends and our family and our children and our animals. And, for me, that changed everything. I just came away loving them more than I ever have because I got to see them in a new way. I was so reliant upon them and so challenged by the work that they were doing, and how good they were, and what thoroughbreds they were, and how nothing could get us down, no matter how hungry we were or how much we had to go to the bathroom. Just looking around the crew and knowing the people that we had brought, how we could see in their eyes this was a day they were missing their kids, but they were sticking it out with us. That was the tone. And it was just incredibly impressive and inspiring. And, frankly, it felt very buoyant on tough days.

KIM: I think, also, we were so welcomed by the people of Morocco and felt so protected. And we really did feel like part of the royal family.

KRISTIN: Absolutely.

KIM: I couldn’t believe that people there actually watched the show. It was kind of surprising. They knew the characters and kept calling us by our characters’ names. (Laughs) And we would actually turn and say hello. But we also had weekends off, so it was a bit of a vacation, and on most locations you don’t get that. You usually work on a Saturday. So, we had this intense family time, which Sarah was talking about. But on the weekends we got to go and explore. And if by chance you had a day off, which was very seldom, you could go to the mountains; you could go to the beach. It’s just such an extraordinary country, isn’t it?

KRISTIN: One hundred percent. So beautiful. So beautiful. And I echo everything they’ve said. And then I’m just going to say Thanksgiving, since we were together.

KIM: Yes. That was wonderful.

KRISTIN: We got to have two Thanksgivings. Our fantastic English caterers had made an American Thanksgiving for us, which they thought just the Americans would want to eat. And then everybody wanted to eat it. They ran out of the apple pie and pumpkin pie; everybody loved it. And then, because Cynthia’s and Sarah’s sons came to visit for the weekend, we decided we would have another Thanksgiving at our hotel and they did a fantastic job. We had snake charmers come for the boys because we were in Morocco.

CYNTHIA: There was a scorpion.

KRISTIN: Anyway, these are amazing memories that we have as well just as a group, like togetherness memories.

What will men learn from this (film) if they go with their wives or girlfriends?

SARAH: Maybe they’ll learn that it’s okay to just...

KIM: Just spend a lot of money on your gals.

SARAH: That they’re (the men) not villains....A couple of people I’ve spoken to, they’re straight men. They think that this whole franchise is an anathema, but they have loved that there is not a villainous move by any man in this movie. Any consequences are on the part of us and the choices we’re making and some momentary reckless behaviour. It’s all us. And we come home, frankly, a little wiser.

The girls are back! And this time to go with the exotic setting, they are armed with a seriously drool-worthy wardrobe. Okay, so the film has got really bad reviews. What difference does that make to the true SATC (Sex & The City) loyalist? While those in the know will be eagerly waiting to spot their favourite looks, there are others who may be less well-versed with the style vocab of Carrie and her girls. t2 presents a beginner’s guide to the fabulously fashionable four…

Samantha Jones

Played by: Kim Cattrall

Signature style: She’s the shameless slut who is also a high-powered PR professional. At work, she wears business suits, at play she wears nothing. We’ve seen everything Samantha Jones has to offer. She wears a lot of power pantsuits and dresses. Never casual and seldom girlie. The oldest at 50+. Most likely to go braless with a navel-grazing neckline.

Least likely to be seen in: A polo neck sweater and fuddy-duddy trousers and flat chappals.

Desi designer match: Rina Dhaka.

Watch out for: Couture manicure. Because there is nothing else left to the imagination.

Rita Bhimani, corporate PR veteran and t2 columnist, on Samantha:“The character of Samantha is an amazing example of a joyous unfettered individual who is a free bird in her relationships, is non-judgemental about others and brings a breath of fresh air to all her antics.”


Carrie Bradshaw

Played by: Sarah Jessica Parker

Signature style: She is the soul of the show so her fashion is really the most important to watch. It is all about the heels – and she is short, so she needs them! She has a completely athletic, tiny body that can carry off anything. Lots of dresses. Skirts. You’d barely remember her wearing trousers. Carrie is cutting-edge much of the time, carefully casual at others. Shows a lot of leg but never shows nipple.

Least likely to be seen in: Polo tee and denim skirt and canvas non-monogrammed tote and sneakers.

Desi designer match: Rohit Bal.

Watch out for: The range of Halston Heritage dresses.

June, actress, on Carrie: “I relate to Carrie’s sense of style. She is funky yet classic and the way she mixes and matches! Her personality complements her clothes and not the other way round. Carrie is all about chutzpah!”


Charlotte York

Played by: Kristin Davis

Signature style: The upper class, art expert, country club type. Think Jackie Kennedy. Very proper and very classic. Very girlie in her dresses and skirts, and athletic when on the tennis court or running in Central Park. She is the only one in the quartet with a streak of the vintage romantic in her and that is exactly how she dresses.

Least likely to be seen in: Grungy vest and ripped jeans.

Desi designer match: Gauri & Nainika.

Watch out for: Her big fat solitaire. It’s a knockout.

Swastika, actress, on Charlotte: “I love Charlotte’s look. She always dresses appropriately and never exposes for the heck of it.”


Miranda Hobbes

Played by: Cynthia Nixon

Signature style: She is the straight-talking, workaholic lawyer who had a baby halfway through the show. So at the beginning she wears lots of suits and dresses and looks pretty sharp. Later on, post baby, hers was the character that was least about style.

Least likely to be seen in: Anything neon.

Desi designer match: Raghavendra Rathore at the beginning and now again.

Watch out for: Miranda’s makeover. She is more fun and fashionable in the latest film than we’ve seen her for a while.

Agnimitra, designer and t2 makeover specialist, on Miranda: “She is the most simplistic — true to her onscreen character. Miranda is also the non-glamorous one out of the four. Her hair needs a makeover. I am not too fond of her mop of red hair!”

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