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The cast of 'Sex and the City 2' glam it up. Photo: AP

Stylist extraordinaire Patricia Field summoned a group of journalists to her loft apartment recently to discuss the "Sex and the City" sequel (for which she served as costume designer) and her new line of charm jewelry for Payless.

Pat Field on the set of 'Sex and the City 2.' Photo: Getty Images

Her apartment is stationed next to her Soho store in New York City, and it was clear that the fashion guru felt right at home. She descended the staircase wearing a one-shouldered star bedazzled top and red camouflage pants and had a lit cigarette dangling from her mouth. Two furry poodles - named Puti and Saldana - followed in her wake.

Field created a sparkling four-leaf clover charm necklace encrusted with crystals, which is a replica of a necklace worn by Sarah Jessica Parker in the film. At $12.99, it's a far cry from Carrie Bradshaw's $20,000 piece stunner. The clover is the first in a series of charms that Field is planning to design for Payless.

Holding court in her home, Field answered all of our burning behind-the-scenes questions about the new movie, her role backstage, and her relationship with the uber-famous foursome.

So what is the style process behind the film?
Patricia Field: "I tell my assistants what I want and they get it. I have five assistants and they know me and my style very well. So I get a room full of clothes and I have to sort and edit them. I'll still end up with a hundred choices so I have to keep editing down. Then I give the actress choices. Even if I give her five, I like them all so whatever that actress chooses is okay. The final decision is hers. She is the one that has to sell the character so in the end, I would never say "Over my dead body, you're not wearing that."

Field's four-leaf clover charm necklace for Payless. Photo: Payless.com

Which character did you enjoy styling the most?
PT: "I created the characters. They're all mine. They're my Barbies and I don't have favorites. I have fun with all of them. Recently though, I have had a lot of fun with Miranda because Cynthia Nixon herself has had a transformation that gave me inspiration in creating her character."

What was the style inspiration for the second movie?
PT: "I'm tired of shoulders, balloon hems and crazy shapes. I wanted chic and simple. I was just dying for chicness and American fashion. European style is all about the hustle and bustle, the more fitted pieces and haute couture, while American style is more about simplicity; T-shirts, jeans, sneakers, and cowboy boots."

"Halston immediately came to mind. We were close friends and there is nothing better then giving homage to someone you love. Sarah Jessica Parker liked the idea of using Halston pieces throughout the film so it was a go. I like to wear Halston myself. It's so easy." [Editor's Note: Sarah Jessica Parker the president and chief creative officer of Halston, and has an equity stake in the company.]

Did you have to pay attention to price or anything else when deciding on the wardrobe for the film?
PT: "I didn't pay attention to how much anything cost. For me, it's not so much about price as is the piece. It doesn't take money to have style. I love when there is something gorgeous and you can afford it and this is happening more and more. I don't want to take out a mortgage every time I go shopping. It's all about how you wear it and what you put it with."


You joined with Payless years ago to create the Patricia Field for Payless designer label. What is your relationship with Payless?
PT: "Payless makes a really good quality shoe. It's very acceptable to me. The style is good. They don't look like a cheap copy. I would never sell something I don't believe in. I prefer to be with all people of the world then five with money."

Cynthia Nixon, Kim Cattrall, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kristin Davis get their Eighties on. Photos: Ray Tamarra, Getty Images I X17online.com I Charles Sykes, AP I James Devaney, WireImage



There is an '80s flashback scene in the film. Do you have any 80's fashion regrets?
PT: "I loved the '80s and had absolutely no regrets. It was full of color. That scene in the movie with the '80s flashback was the scene I was most frightened of. You have these 40 and 50 year old women - how do you not make that look ridiculous? They could look like they're dressed for Halloween. It was hard but I think it worked."

How did you like shooting in Morocco?
PT:
"The script was kind of made for me. My father is from Turkey and my mother is from Greece. My childhood was full of belly dancing and my culture is very strong. Shooting in Morocco was a very positive experience. The culture is a blend of North African, French, and Spanish culture. Even though it is a third world country, the people are all very nice, calm and happy and the clothes are all so colorful and beautiful."

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Check out the video below of Patricia Field talking about her fashion philosophy: