Here come the Girls

Hold on to your Jimmy Choos – Sex and the City 2 is out on Friday, with the most fabulous fashion ever. Stephanie Smith checks out the looks.

IT'S back – and the fashion looks set to be more fabulous than ever. This week, our favourite New York gals – Carrie, Miranda, Samantha and Charlotte – return to seduce us with their wit, their camaraderie, their turbulent relationships, their city launch parties and, most of all, their clothes, bags and shoes.

Age cannot wither these ladies, nor dull their sense of style, and in this film we get a glimpse of the fashions of time past in flashback scenes from the Eighties which show Carrie channelling the film Flashdance in a slash-neck sweater and Converse trainers and an early Madonna look in lace leggings, while Samantha sports a punk look in a cut-off denim waistcoat. Although the styling is ironic, many items are key pieces for 2010 (best left for those who didn't wear them first time around, however). Retro has always been a strong fashion influence in both SATC the series and in the movies, especially when it comes to fashion addict Carrie Bradshaw. Inspired by '70s disco and Studio 54, Halston Heritage dresses feature strongly this time and Carrie wears six in total. The collection, including dresses from the film, are available from Net-a-porter.com.

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We've already seen leaked images of the foursome striding across a desert (the scenes were filmed in Marrakech), and from this we know we can expect some gorgeous boho looks, lots of fabulous maxi dresses, gladiator sandals and swathes of vibrant, ethnic fabrics.

There and turbans and flowing scarves, and Miranda demonstrates exactly how to wear a maxi dress this summer. Samantha's gold harem trousers are to die for.

We can expect reinterpretations of some our SATC favourite looks, too – Miranda's loosely tailored work wear, Samantha's silky, vampy styles and Charlotte's polished and co-ordinated Manhattan princess look. But for the new film, stylist Patricia Field decided on a fresh take, saying she was tired of exaggerated, artificial shapes such as pointy shoulders and balloon skirts, and instead wanted to create a "chic simplicity", although this time, she has gone mad with hats, introducing cowboy hats, turbans and boaters. Previously, she has had to avoid hats as they caused lighting issues, but perhaps for this film, shadows over faces are viewed as a flattering enhancement.

Then, of course, there are the shoes. Expect Christian Louboutin, naturally, and Manolo Blahnik, but also Pierre Hardy and former Versace designer Brian Attwood, for whom shoe stardom is predicted.

One things is for sure, the fashions will be fabulous, fabulous, fabulous. So bring it on.