London: Fashion is often called the fifth protagonist of the `Sex And The City` franchise and no costs were spared for the much awaited second film`s wardrobe, which cost a whopping USD 12 million.
Stylist Patricia Field, the show`s Emmy award-winning costume designer, has once again pulled out all stops for the outfits and the girls even got to keep the clothes, reported a news daily.
Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker), Samantha Jones (Kim Cattrall), Miranda Hobbes (Cynthia Nixon) and Charlotte (Kristin Davis) will be back in Chanel and Blahnik in the sequel.
The wardrobe includes a USD 50,000 Chanel dress and overskirt and USD 5000 studded jeans worn by Sarah Jessica Parker`s character Carrie Bradshaw during a karaoke scene.
Other extravagant items include a USD 2,000 Roland Mouret Brise Noire dress worn by Miranda, and Samantha`s stunning USD 5,500 red dress with spiked epaulets which was designed by hip New York duo The Blonds.
The fashion label Halston features prominently in the film, unsurprisingly as Parker is the creative director of the label`s new line Halston Heritage.
Of Carrie`s 48 outfits, five are from Heritage, including the white, semi-sheer dress she wears in the poster teamed with USD 1000 gold Pigalle Christian Louboutins.
Meanwhile Louboutins seem to have usurped Manolo Blahniks as the SATC shoe of choice.
Although mindful of the recession, Michael Patrick King, writer-director of both films says, "No one wants to see the four of them depressed and wearing brown."
And as the girls find themselves in the Middle East, vibrancy and colour aren`t lacking, though more modesty was required.
As a fun aside, the audience will also get to see the foursome in a flashback to the Eighties, with Carrie in `Desperately Seeking Susan` garb and Miranda in a boxy skirt suit and white trainers.