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Take a Stand: Starving Yourself For Manolos?

Now that many of you have seen the Sex and the City movie, you may have recognized the repetition of this line spoken by Carrie my-middle-name-should-be-Blahnik Bradshaw: "I like my money right where I can see it... hanging in my closet." This wasn't the first time Carrie used those very words, and they were brought back in the movie to perhaps drive home the "labels" half of the "two Ls" that were said to lure women to New York. There have been conflicting ideas about whether or not the movie will affect women consumers, one arguing that advertisers will get what they're wishing for and the other that they will be out of luck. Find out the details behind these arguments when you


Like movie trailers that give away the premise of the plot, headlines and bylines of news stories can give away a story's conclusion. This can be said of the ABC News article called "The Sex (And The City) Economy" with the byline, "Millions Are to Be Made Off the Movie and Not Just by Those in Hollywood" and the Slate article titled, "Sex and the Cash Register" with the supporting byline, "Retailers hope to piggyback on the Sex and the City movie, but it won't work."

ABC supports its article with a quote from a retail consultant saying, "Manolo Blahnik's success skyrocketed as a result of Sex and the City. The prices keep escalating, but women will starve themselves to score a pair of his shoes." On the other hand, Slate calls upon a consumer-insights expert who says, "A few years ago, you could buy a pair of Manolos for $400, and today they're $800 or even $1,000. That price inflation hits hard at this time."

The opposing arguments continue: one suggests the lucrative presence of brands that appear in the movie like Glacéau VitaminWater, Mercedes Benz, Skyy vodka, and the service Bag, Borrow, and Steal; the other confidently insists that "the prognosis for SATC-inspired spending on the luxury goodies showcased in the movie is grim."

Have your shopping habits been influenced by Sex and the City and the brands advertised in the movie? Would you really do anything for a pair of expensive (but gorgeous) heels? Where do you draw the line?

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javsmav javsmav 9 years
well then, you obviously don't love shoes, snowbunny.
hmcmcd hmcmcd 9 years
I'm not sure of the effect it will have, I know that when I watched the show (I also had more money) it definitely had an effect on me. But when I just saw the movie and she bought the $500 shoes and offered her assistant a LV purse I was thinking wtf how can she afford this stuff??!! not oh wow now I'm gonna go buy that too. So I guess it probably depends on how much money you have now verses then,
snowbunny11 snowbunny11 9 years
I fail to see how shoes are romantic.... I would never ever ever spend that much on shoes.
Alek Alek 9 years
Now that I've seen the movie, I disagree even with the consumerist critique. Fake labels in a movie are as distracting as real ones, and in the end there was even a nod to quality over labels with the vintage wedding dress. Really, that opening line may be my biggest problem with the movie. It should have been: "Women move to New York for labels, love... and jobs!"
javsmav javsmav 9 years
I love shoes. Honestly, Big's proposal is my dream proposal. diamond ring = waste of money. manolo blahnik shoes = way more romantic & meaningful to me. In that situation, designer shoes would be worth the splurge. I do have a few of my own pairs now, but they were all bought on sale (ebay, yoox, or Macy's accidentally marking a pair of $470 MJ shoes for $140). I don't think I could justify a $1,000 pair of shoes unless they took me home when I tapped my heels--just think how much you'd save in cab fare!
fuzzles fuzzles 9 years
Never. First of all, I couldn't afford it. Even if I could, I would probably splurge on Le Creuset cookware or a weekend away. Second, me trying to walk in stilts like those would be a tort waiting to happen. I already have one crack in my ass, and I don't need another! ;)
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I would never pay that kind of money on a pair of shoes...ever.
sparklemeetspop sparklemeetspop 9 years
I agree that it's fantasy, and I feel bad for the disillusioned people who try to achieve that life by living far beyond their means. While it would be nice to afford the label lust, it's fine with me to wear more affordable pieces that look like the real thing.
skigurl skigurl 9 years
the shoes in the last scene were $525 and while they were beautiful, super-high heels hurt me, and blue shoes can be worn only with very specific outfits but i did love the fashion in that movie...and i will maintain to this day that splurging on a purse is worth it, so to each her own on the shoe-issue
oliveoyle625 oliveoyle625 9 years
If I were to buy a pair of those shoes, I'd probably never wear them out. Not realistic or even practical, but we can admire them on the characters or in high fashion magazines.
gigill gigill 9 years
Jeez people it's fantasy - lighten up! I like to "dream" about living the Sex and the City lifestyle, but I doubt I'll actually ever drop that much on shoes or a bag...a girl can dream though!
MindayH MindayH 9 years
I will spend a lot of money on a purse - but not really shoes.
LaLa0428 LaLa0428 9 years
I will and have spent a lot of money on shoes and will do it again. Now having said that, I have a fund, I set aside a little every paycheck for my spurge day, where I'll get a great bag or a great pair of shoes. But, I did this in college and kept the habit going as an adult, has nothing to do with Sex and the City. And I agree most of the outfits in the film this time were suspect. But, I liked a couple of Carrie's shoes. I'm going to make sure my bills are paid, I don't care who's wearing what on their feet. Jimmy Choo be damned, LOL!
megnmac megnmac 9 years
I can't imagine spending $1000 on shoes. I like to put that in the category of 'even if I had everything else and money just sitting around me in piles, I hope I'd give that $1000 to charity before I spent it on shoes' - and I love shoes. It just seems ridiculous and wrong. I don't think SATC will really drive shopping habits, my cousin that is starving herself to wear designer shoes already lives in NYC and already decided to be thin and wear designer duds. I think most ppl already made that choice, the movie won't be changing it.
orisugar orisugar 9 years
I loved watching SATC but I thought the spending habits on the show were ridiculous. I didn't like how materialistic and brand conscious the characters were. They never seemed to care about what was going on in the world and the weren't even the slightest bit bothered about important issues. All they cared about was their designer labels and love lives. But I still watched and enjoyed the show. I just took it with a huge ladle of salt.
TidalWave TidalWave 9 years
i've always thought the way they handled their finances was absurd. i remember only one episode in which Carried discussed her money situation but no other time did they ever discuss budgeting or eating cheap or *gasp* cooking, lol
bellaressa bellaressa 9 years
$400 - I couldn't afford that even if I starved myself. I think if people want to buy shoes that cost that much more power to them, I just hope they get their money's worth. Me on the other hand, I am too poor to consider dropping $400 on shoes when I have other things that the money needs to go to.
imLissy imLissy 9 years
I loved the movie, but honestly, I thought most of the clothes/shoes/bags were ugly. I always buy cheap stuff and I always will. I'll never spend $400 on a pair of shoes because someone told me they were pretty. If I'm spending that much on footwear, I better be frickin' in love with them.
RosaDilia RosaDilia 9 years
No, SaTC did not influence my shopping habits. I wouldn't spend $400 on a pair of shoes that I know I would not wear everyday.
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