Sex and the City Mysteries Revealed

Sarah Jessica Parker in a Sex and the City 2 flashback

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updated 10/21/2009 AT 9:00 AM ET

originally published 10/21/2009 AT 12:55 PM ET

Eighties outfits? Appearances by Penélope Cruz, Miley Cyrus and Liza Minnelli?

Little by little, the secrets of the sequel to the Sex and the City movie are leaking out, and style guru Patricia Field is filling PEOPLE in.

“It’s Star Wars for women all over the world,” Field joked at the 2009 Angel Ball for cancer research on Tuesday in New York City.

Warning: Don’t read any further if you don’t want to learn titillating details about the movie.

So what was the real story behind those ’80s outfits that Sarah Jessica Parker and her three pals were dressed in – and widely seen in photos from a shoot on the streets of the Big Apple?

Flashback Time

“It was in the beginning of the movie,” Field explained. “Carrie was waiting to meet her girlfriends and she was thinking about when she first moved to New York in the ’80s and how she met Samantha and Charlotte. They’re all, in real time, meeting to go shopping. And in her flashback time, she is thinking of when she first met each one of them.”

What’s with the guest appearances by Cruz, Minnelli and Cyrus? Cyrus recently filmed a scene with Kim Cattrall, where the two ostensibly showed up to a movie premiere in matching outfits.


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