The Ladybug is Raised to the Rank of Viscountess in the House of Field

Patricia Field has been the fierce stylist of the most stylish TV series and movies: not only SATC but also Ugly Betty, Confessions of a Shopaholic and The Devil Wears Prada just to mention a few. She represents the bold style of New York.

As I mentioned in my last post about the Sex & the City tour in New York, we only passed by the iconic stylist of the both the TV series and the movies’ shop: Patricia Field on Bowery Street.

But passing by was not good enough for me, considering that I’ve been wanting to visit her New York shop for about ten years! Patricia Field represents, for me, the joy of getting dressed and styling ourselves or the others- the boldness of being who we are without fear or inhibitions in showing that we’re not average and don’t fit in the crowd but we stand out courageously. Through her styling, she taught me to mix and match: to wear what makes me feel good, not to be afraid of colors, eccentricity and sexy. I learned from her that nothing will fit me better than an outfit that gives me joy because I enjoyed creating it.

When I hear people complaining about not finding the perfect shoes that match their bag, or stressing about how to get dressed- I always remember her lesson: stress, complaint, matching and sadness are not allowed when it comes to “style.” Let blossom the person that you are… whoever you are!

I was amazed when I finally found her shop on Bowery Street (the new one, on the same street, was still “work in progress”) because of all the wonder there! It really felt like a place where you could be free to be who you were. People who worked there represented very well this concept: no uniforms but real amazing people expressing their real personalites. The shop was conceived, in part, as a disco club and indeed it was a party of colors, eccentric and sexy objects, amazing prints and a lot of inspiration for your creativity!

You can see (and buy!) most of her stuff directly from the site:

I couldn’t leave without taking some pictures, making some purchases (a skull bracelet and a big iconic canvas bag that I love – I loved it more when it saved me from paying $275.00 at the airport on my way back to Italy!) and looking for Patricia! They told she wasn’t there, but with a wink and a smile- alluded that she was styling her new shop just a few doors down!

I look foward to returning to the new store for fresh inspiration with new friends (KNAGUI would some day like to organize TLC Vintage Vacations… for now he’s processed the paperwork to trademark the name), and a coveted meeting with Ms. Field.

The Ladybug Experiences Group Sex in the City: …Hey, I’m a Lady!

It should be quite clear to all of you that I am a Sex & The City addict and if it’s not, well now you know! And when I say SATC, I mean the TV series of course, not the movies… true fans all over the world know what I mean!

There’s no need to say how many times I’ve watched every single episode as if it was the first time, but let me just tell you that I’ve seen them in Italian, English, French and Spanish and I know by heart most of the quotes in the first three languages… is it clear the kind of fan I am?! …Good!

Everything I came to know about New York came from Sex & The City: I’ve always felt as if I’ve known this city and visited many times because I saw it hundreds of times in the series and of course, when I got there, I immediately felt like I was inside my television… more specifically, I was kind of living what I’d been watching for more than a decade!

I decided to go on the Sex & The City guided tour my last day there.  Even if I had seen so many of the places during my own moving about, I wanted to see all of places that I saw on TV for myself!

Let me say that walking down the streets of NYC, like in Soho, Greenwich, Park Avenue you already feel like you’re in SATC! Carrie once said,  “Sex & the City is the NYC streets, where everything may happen- the expectations, the future… love.”

I realized how many crazy SATC fans there are in the world when: a) I saw there are least three different agencies that organize guided tours based on the TV series; b) these tours are completely booked for weeks!! I squeezed in on the On Location Tours (+1-212-2093370, the guides are young actresses and the price is about 45 dollars). I must say I expected a bit more… still, I don’t regret it! I have KNAGUI to thank for blowing up my phone- encouraging me not to leave the city with any.

The tour began at The Plaza Hotel (where Carrie says goodbye to Mr. Big after his engagement party before marrying Natasha)… but did you know that within that same square is the Paris? Yes, that cinema where Carries watches romantic movies in the 5th season! The tour continues through the Public Library (where Carrie and Big are supposed to marry on the first movie… did you know that weddings are booked every day for months there??!!) and all the fashion addresses of the TV series: Tiffany (where Trey buys Charlotte her wedding ring), Takashimaya (where, in the middle of perfume’s testing- Carrie announces to the girls that she’s taken a lover – the Russian, Alexander Petrovsky), Jimmy Choo, Manolo Bhlanik and the TAO Restaurant (the Buddha Bar where Samantha brings her lesbian lover Maria and Carrie and Big sit at the same table with their dates).

You can also see The Little Church of Transfiguration (the name was changed on the show) where Samantha tries to seduce the young priest (“Mister All Souls”).

After these initial sites, we board a bus to our first stop… the sex shop where you can buy the in-famous Rabbit and before restarting the tour we took a tour through ABC Carpet & Home (the cult shop for home-ware, Charlotte’s favorite!). Just after that we saw the real home of Sarah Jessica Parker (and a little later Mr. Big’s real house).

The second stop is in the Greenwich area where you can eat delicious cupcakes at the Magnolia Bakery (Carrie’s and Miranda’s favorite, just in fron of Marc Jacobs!), have a look at BookMarc (the bookshop where Miranda meets the guy who loves biographies… and not only!), and also see the little park where Carrie and Charlotte bring Brady when Miranda is on her honeymoon.

Before the third stop at Buddakan (where Carrie and Big celebrate the pre-wedding night), you can see Cow Girl on Hudson Street (where Carrie and Aidan go for their first date), Aidan’s furniture shop, Diane Von Furstenberg’s shop (where, in the first movie, Carrie announces to Samantha on the phone that she’s going to get married) and the famous Pastis.

In Soho you can admire Louis K. Meisel, the art gallery where Charlotte works along with the girls’ favorite shops like D&G, Jaime Mascarò and Patricia Field (she’ll have a special mention here later…) and there’s a third and very interesting stop: you can drink a real Cosmopolitan at O’Neals… which is Scout in the TV series, Steve and Aidan’s bar!

I also had the chance to find St. Mark’s Comics while walking down the street. Remember, it’s the comic book store where Carries goes- thinking that her shoe-repair shop is still there, but finds out it’s been replaced by this shop and its cute young owner!  I also saw the Prada store in Soho where Carrie brings Berger and Century 21 (see older posts).

After all that… can you believe that I didn’t see Carrie’s house?!?!?

Yes: I thought it was going to be part of the tour, but it wasn’t. Worst of all, I didn’t realize I had the address until I found it on a note… when I returned to Italy.

…I guess it’s a perfect reason to go back to NYC again soon! Don’t you think?