The "Sex and the City" girls are back, and local ladies lined up Thursday to see their new movie at West Shore Plaza.
Bay area fashionistas strapped on their stilettos and donned designer duds for a special "Sex and the City 2" Girls Night Out party hosted by Tampa Bay Fashion Week and Saks Fifth Avenue. Fans shopped, snacked and sipped martinis as they prepared for the return of their favorite foursome: Carrie, Samantha, Miranda and Charlotte.
"This is a great way to usher in the movie," said Toni Cunningham, who brought her sister, Janice. "Fashion, food, music and shopping; what more could you ask for?"
Some of the ladies plotted their GNO outfits for days.
"I've been looking forward to this since the last movie," said Hallie David, 32, who wore a snug, off-the-shoulder print cocktail dress studded with rhinestones, a la Samantha Jones, (Kim Cattrall). "It took me three days to decide on this dress," she said. "I wanted to look as fashionable as they do in the movie. I think I accomplished it."
The Saks event - one of several held around the bay area to celebrate the new movie - was a sell-out.
In "Sex and the City 2," the four women face new challenges - marriage, motherhood, infidelity - but they still rely on each other's friendship to get through it all.
That seems to be the universal appeal of the movies and the TV series, which ran for six seasons on HBO.
"The clothes, the sex and the men are wonderful," said Nicole Puglisi. "But it's also the friendships. They're very real."
Natalie Negron agreed. She came with her three best friends, Jordan Hoeffner, Nizeli Armas and Morgyn McIntyre.
"(The characters) have such a strong bond," said Negron, who owns every season of the show on DVD. "I think we all live vicariously through them. Throughout their struggles, they always lean on each other. That's what friendship is about."
If you're more into fashion than friendship, though, you won't be disappointed. The film's clothes and shoes are to die for. Carrie alone has about 41 outfit changes - four of them take place in just once scene in the Mojave Desert.
But Carrie and her crew had nothing on the ladies at the Saks soiree, who came properly shod in the latest styles from Manolo Blahnik, Christian Louboutin, Alexander McQueen, Christian Dior and Jimmy Choo, just to name a few.