The Space Between My Peers: Carnivale de Couture: Fashion Confessions

The Space Between My Peers

From the bottom of the fashion food chain ...

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I'm a home-schooling, bible-believing SAHM with an annual clothing budget of about $500 American. The Space Between My Peers reveals my secret passion: analysis of the art and science of what to wear.

Friday, April 07, 2006

Carnivale de Couture: Fashion Confessions

Designer Ella's invitation:

What is your fashion confession, either a long ago faux pas, or today's guilty pleasure?

I confess I am not all that glamorous.

I confess I don't have all the what-to-wear answers. You knew that. I just wanted to make sure you knew that I knew that.

I confess I've never watched Sex and the City. Could somebody please post Cliff Notes?

8 Comments:

Blogger Danielle said...

I've never seen SATC either. I am a fashion student anomoly. Ok, I saw part of an episode once. My TV just broke so now I'm tv-less! At least I got to see the Project Runway finale before it fritzed!

4:32 AM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

Thanks for sharing! It's nice to not feel like the only one.

Before we know it technology will be that TV will be all coming through our computers. Maybe?

12:19 PM  
Blogger The Bargain Queen said...

Hi Rebecca,

There are Cliff Notes on about.com:
http://fashion.about.com/cs/celebtrendsetters/a/sexandcitystyle.htm

...and lots of photos on the official web site:
http://www.hbo.com/city/look/carrie_6.shtml

The style's kind of chic bag lady - it looks like it's been thrown on in the dark but it's actually carefully styled. It's not my thing, but good luck to them!

5:16 PM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

Well, that was fun, thanx Sarah! How is that you know so much about everything? I'm glad to have met you.

I wonder if part of the allure of the show was that the characters, for the most part, didn't look good, but instead they looked like real people? (Overweight, overdone, etc.)

One trend that about.com called out as originating with the show that I would have to applaud is a great coat. Many times that is the first, and maybe only, thing people see that we are wearing.

8:57 AM  
Blogger Beth said...

I've seen every season of Sex & The City -- what do you want to know? Charlotte dressed perfectly. She is the classic dresser, very Audrey Hepburn.

10:54 PM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

I just posted a host of questions, and then my computer "couldn't find the server", so I'll just pick one or two.

I had noticed that about Charlotte in the pictures, and yet she isn't referenced all over the place in the blogs (Carrie Bradshaw, on the other hand, one would think was a real person). Why?

How did the characters professional challenges and ambitions affect their appeal and how people identify with them?

Thanks for asking. No pressure.

8:37 AM  
Blogger Beth said...

Carrie is/was the "main" character, so she is the one most talk about. Her fashion was also a big part of the show in the way that the other characters' was not.

"How did the characters professional challenges and ambitions affect their appeal and how people identify with them?"

Wow, that's a big question. While they certainly faced professional challenges, that was not the focus of the show. I will try to summarize:

Carrie - wrote a sex column for a NY newspaper, then compiled them into a book. Also worked at Vogue for awhile. It made absolutely no sense that she could dress the way she did and eat out for every meal on what she must have been making. No wonder she was so attached to "Mr. Big" with his town car, etc. Her professional challenges were not taken seriously.

Samantha - a high-powered PR consultant who could get tickets to anything and was always where the action was. After having her heart broken (who knew she even had one?) by her boss, she then hooked up with a young actor and made him a star while finally learning how to love. Her professional challenges showed her human side.

Miranda - a corporate lawyer whose biggest professional challenge came when she found herself unexpectedly pregnant. After trying to continue her breakneck corporate pace after her baby was born, she finally said enough and cut back to "50 hours a week, 60 tops!" Her professional challenges were the most realistic.

Charlotte - an art gallery manager, quit her job when she got engaged to husband #1. She went back to work after her divorce (I think), but was always involved in charities or (after meeting husband #2) her jewish faith. At the end of the show, she finally gets the long-hoped-for baby (adopted from China) and it is assumed that she will be a full time SAHM. Her professional challenges were seen in the context of traditional vs. modern woman/wife.

As for appeal and how people identified with them, I think it was probably different for each viewer, changed as the characters developed, and changed as the viewer's focus changed. The show ran for a long time. I started watching it when Steve and I were dating; we would watch it together. Inevitably, the issues raised on the show were issues we found ourselves dealing with in some way too.

11:06 PM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

So who was "Mr. Big"? Was he ever actually identified and seen, or was he a Charlie (as in Charlie's Angels)?

10:33 AM  

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