NEW YORK -
Trekking through the sand dunes of the Sahara atop a camel wearing vintage Dior and ultrahigh stilettos was just another day on set for Sarah Jessica Parker in "Sex and the City 2."
The latest instalment in the popular franchise, which opened in theatres Friday, finds the New York fashionistas, Parker's Carrie Bradshaw and her best girls, Charlotte, Samantha and Miranda, vacationing in the laps of luxury in the Middle East.
Costume designer Patricia Field once again outfits the ladies in the latest trends for their international adventure.
The film's stars, Parker, Kim Cattrall and Kristin Davis, admit that donning couture in the Moroccan dessert, which stands in for Abu Dhabi, had its challenges.
AP: What was it like wearing these fabulous clothes in the Sahara?
Sarah Jessica Parker: "I know it was hard work and I know I had long hours and I know it was hot and I know it was constantly challenging to us in the most unthinkable ways, but what I recall is this amazing, once in a lifetime experience. So, did we have to wear heels in the dunes of the Sahara? Yeah! Is that ridiculous? Absolutely! Did I run toward it? You bet! 'Cause when is that ever going to happen again? What a story to tell my children. And wearing literally archived Dior pieces, couture Dior pieces in the dunes of the Sahara. It's just ludicrous. Who's going to complain about it? Not me, my friend."
AP: How was sharing the scene with a camel?
Kim Cattrall: "It was hot. But now I can say that I have ridden a camel in the Sahara and it was worth every moment of it. ... The camel has a life of its own and a mind of its own. So it was a little scary at moments. Sarah and I were on the same camel and our camel liked to go up and down a lot. So they don't call it the ship of the desert for nothing."
AP: What was the toughest scene to shoot in couture?
Kristin Davis: "We were somewhat unprepared for the souk cobblestones which are hundreds and hundreds of years old and sloped. ... And we're wearing the highest shoes we could find for some reason that Pat Field felt was important. ... My feet and my ankles are not the same as they use to be and I have no trouble admitting that. ... There'd be times when your feet would look like somebody took out a cleaver and hit at them for a while."