I’m sorry: look at the photos of Patricia Field’s 72nd birthday celebration at TOY on Sunday and try not to be jealous you weren’t there. Aerialists, Drag Queens, Burlesque stars, sparklers — it was the kind of party that feels legendary, falling into the category of Studio 54 or Warhol’s Factory.
But who would expect anything less from the inimitable Patricia Field? The woman is in her 70s and still rocking pink hair. Though she started her outlandish Greenwich Village boutique in 1966, Patricia became a household name as the head costume designer for "Sex and the City." So any time you’re channeling Carrie Bradshaw's style, you really have Pat to thank: she put Carrie in a tutu while Samantha rocked fanny packs and disco jumpsuits — she even made preppy style seem cool through the always chic Charlotte York. Since the show’s end in 2004, Patricia styled the SATC spin-off movies, "Ugly Betty," and, most memorably, "The Devil Wears Prada." Voted one of the most "Stylish New Yorkers" by Time Out New York just last week, there’s no question she’s still got it.
Last weekend, I found myself at her downtown New York store; it’s almost my birthday, and I have my heart set on a tutu. Walking into her store is like entering a neon, fantastical explosion: there’s everything from decked out blinged jewelry, to bondage gear, to vintage nineties crop tops. More than anything, the store is fearless and fresh, encouraging you to jump out of your comfort zone of jeans and a tee into metallic or fringe.
So in Patricia Field’s spirit, here are some looks that will remind you to ditch the ordinary and have fun with fashion.