"The best part about making the movie was being back with the women on the set all day every day, and the best part about tonight is being here ... with the fans," Sarah Jessica Parker said as the crowds squealed and waved around her.
Parker wore a glamorous Nina Ricci gown, complemented with dazzling Fred Leighton jewels, as did Kristin Davis, who donned Donna Karan and 19th Century diamonds. Cynthia Nixon chose a Narciso Rodriguez dress, and Kim Cattrall embodied her inner "Samantha" in a low-cut, beaded Vivienne Westwood cocktail dress.
The set up might have been equally bedazzled in crystals, but it was the stars shining through the rain that got the most attention. The first person to walk the carpet was Matthew Broderick, who was glowing with pride and support for his wife, Parker. Other supportive partners included Nixon's girlfriend, who wore a gorgeous linen suit and smiled ear-to-ear.
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Ashley Olsen, Mary J. Blige, Fergie, Edie Falco, Vogue editor Anna Wintour, Lil' Kim, Melania Trump and Jerry Seinfeld were some more of New York's finest out to see the flick.
Darren Starr – creator of the hit HBO show that inspired the movie – called the experience "amazing." "This has come full circle – no, it's more actually like a rocket ship," he said.
Reporting by ANDREA DESIMONE and ALYSSA SHELASKY