Sex and the City’s New York style icons came to London tonight for the world premiere of a movie charting the characters’ lives four years on.
The crowd was almost as excited about the leading ladies’ outfits as they were about the plot and there were no disappointments on the red carpet at the Odeon Leicester Square, which had been sprinkled with sparkles for the occasion.
First to arrive was Sarah Jessica Parker, wearing a pale green dress by Alexander McQueen.
The outfit was pure Carrie, her character in the show, so the crowd were not wrong when they shouted: ``We want Carrie,'' rather than the actress's name.
Topping the outfit was a green headpiece almost as tall as the star, featuring flowers, grasses and a butterfly, by Philip Treacy.
Asked why the premiere was in London and not New York, where the series is set, she said: “We decided to have it here and we’re delighted to be here.”
She declined to answer questions on rumours of a rift with co-star Kim Cattrall, who plays PR executive Samantha Jones.
Cattrell was the second to arrive, wearing a red off-the-shoulder knee-length dress with a faint stripe by Vivienne Westwood.
She said she was delighted to be in London.
“In the four years since the series ended, I have been spending a lot of time with friends and family in Britain and working here. I even have an Oyster card.”
It was said Cattrall was the one whose demands delayed the new film.
Asked if she would be willing to do a sequel, she said: “Perhaps.”
Cynthia Nixon, who plays lawyer Miranda Hobbes, arrived wearing a floor-length pleated black Calvin Klein dress, which was very revealing at the thighs.
She spoke to fans, but carefully avoided the media.
Kristin Davis was the last of the foursome to arrive, wearing a cherry-red vintage sleeveless dress and cream peep-toe heels.
She was also diplomatic when asked why the world premiere was being held in London.
“Why not England? I like Britain. There’s enough of us to go round.”
Also at the premiere was the show’s stylist, Pat Field, who is credited with making it such a fashion success.
One of the celebrities on the red carpet was Big Brother presenter Davina McCall, who denied she was leaving the Channel 4 show after this summer.
“I’m not leaving Big Brother, they would have to kill me before I’d stop doing it,” she said.
Of the new series, she said: “We’re going to be much tougher with rules this year.”
McCall was wearing a white waistcoat and matching trousers, a bright pink bra and large hoop earrings.
Other famous faces on the red carpet included Alex Curran in a pink satin minidress, Michelle Ryan in a super-tight purple dress, and Tess Daly, wearing a one-shoulder puff-sleeved gold stripy dress with brown platform shoes.
Others who attended included football pundit Gary Lineker, model and presenter Lisa Snowden, actor Chris Marshall, presenters of the TV show 'Loose Women', actress Martine McCutcheon, TV presenter Trinny Woodall, singer Kelly Rowland, model Kimberley Stewart, actor MacKenzie Crook, and Brit Award winner Adele, wearing an unseasonal black coat with thick tights.
Designer Vivienne Westwood also made an appearance wearing a cream full-length embroidered dress.