Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

What a Carrie on at M& S; 1.A Field Day: Sex and the City Stylist Patricia with Two of Her Designs Today and below, the Queue outside the Marble Arch Store 2."I Have to Have It": Helen Low with Her ?65 Star Print Dress and Sophie Waterfield below, with the ?75 Blue Split Sleeve Dress Carrie Wore

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

What a Carrie on at M& S; 1.A Field Day: Sex and the City Stylist Patricia with Two of Her Designs Today and below, the Queue outside the Marble Arch Store 2."I Have to Have It": Helen Low with Her ?65 Star Print Dress and Sophie Waterfield below, with the ?75 Blue Split Sleeve Dress Carrie Wore

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Byline: CHARLOTTE ROSS

IT was a clear case of the Empress's New Clothes. Hundreds of Sex And The City fans queued outside M& S today to be first in line for the hugely hyped new clothing range designed by the show's stylist, Patricia Field.

But on the hanger, these lust-have garments seemed exactly what they are cheap, tacky and utterly misconceived.

What were they even doing in our beloved Marks and Sparks? The collection was dreamed up by M& S head of womenswear, Kate Bostock, to target "fashion savvy" shoppers in the hope it would give M& S some of the cachet of Topshop's Kate Moss collection.

Instead it seems to have dragged the beleaguered store to new depths.

Although some customers immediately declared it "very Sex And The City", I can't imagine any woman with a stylish bone in her body being seen dead in these get-ups. Each item is instantly recognisable from the acres of slavish media coverage the creations have already attracted, making the 60- piece collection a fashionista's no-go zone.

And why bother about being cutting edge, when the cut itself is so shoddy? The dresses are made from flimsy fabrics and suffer from seriously stingy tailoring. Don't even think about it unless you're a size six, girlfriend. The clothes might look cheap, but most come in well above ?60 top-of-the-range prices for M& S.

Nonetheless Sophie Waterfield, 20, a student who bought a blue slit-sleeve dress (?75), said: "I love this dress, it's the same as the one Carrie wore in the movie I have to have it".

Helen Low, 34, a designer who bought the star-print shift dress (?65), said the designs were "classic", while Sonia Hagger, 29, snapped up the black sequin jacket (?99), saying: "I went online and bought some bits this morning but I had to have this jacket too." The thing that seems to have escaped these women is that you need to look like Sarah Jessica Parker a decade ago to get away with these garish garments. …

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