Sarah Jessica Sounds Off on Her Accidental Fashion Faceoff

06/02/2008 at 12:00 PM ET

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Sarah Jessica Parker caused a stir when she strolled the red carpet for the New York premiere of Sex and the City in a dazzling metallic Nina Ricci gown. But it turns out it wasn’t the first time the dress had made a red-carpet run — something that was revealed to the star after the fact and is sending ripples through the fashion world. The actress tells the New York Times that although she was assured by the gown’s designer, Olivier Theyskens, that the dress had never been worn, it had in fact been photographed on socialite Lauren Santo Domingo at the Met ball gala less than a month earlier — with Theyskens himself as her escort. Most upsetting to Parker was the deception she feels was involved. “In the big picture, this is not important. But there is a relationship between the entertainment industry and fashion,” she explains of the unwritten code between stars and their designers. “Look, my affection for the dress hasn’t changed,” she says, “but what they did was so short-sighted. It’s just unethical and disappointing that they would allow the dress to be worn again. I just wish it had been handled differently and they had been straight about it.” Mario Grauso, the president of fashion for Puig (the parent company of Nina Ricci), tells the Times, “I’m upset that she’s upset.” Tell us: How would you feel if you were in SJP’s situation?

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Anissa on

On the one hand it is just a dress, but on the other this was not just any movie premiere and the designer knew that this dress was going to get a lot of press. Let’s face it, most of the movie (and the show’s) hype is the fashion the gals wear. So all eyes would be trained on what gown SJP wore. It wasn’t that they neglected to tell her it had been wore for a big red carpet event, it was that they lied about it. That’s wrong, and I don’t blame her for being upset. She could have worn any designer she wanted (and I’m sure she had tons of offers as designers love good press) and she chose this gown. It looked amazing on her, but now all anyone will remember is that she wore the same dress as this other gal.
It’s not a huge deal, but it is wrong.

kris on

i’d definitely be pissed about the situation. a star like her boycotting a fashion designer could get ugly…he shouldn’t have lied about it, especially when it’s so easy to find out he lied! i’m not a SATC advocate, but SJP looks better in the dress anyway :)

bigwow on

If it’s any consolation Sarah – you did the lovely dress far more justice than Lauren. You looked gorgeous!

Daisy on

And how much did either woman have to pay for the dress??? Yeah, that’s what I thought.

tammy on

Well, at least SJP looked 100% better in the dress!! I would be angry if I thought the dress had not been worn before and it in fact had been. She rocked the dress completely but I would refrain from using the designer and any companies affliated in the future to prevent this from happening again. I can’t believe the designer out and out lied! He should know better considering how the press is!

tina on

no one even knows who that socialite is! if it were a celebrity maybe it would be more important. either way, they’ll survive

dana on

I would be very upset for the fact that she was lied to. Would you want to continue to have a relationship with a designer who lies to you? I would not trust them with, ” This is you darling- you are exsquite.”. When the dress was already worn.

Ohioan on

The designer lied to her, straight out, and that was wrong. I would be upset just like SJP – but I am impressed that she is expressing her frustration in what I consider a very classy manner.

Elizabeth on

It’s sad that that designer was so desperate to have his product out there that he would blatantly lie to SJP. He had to know he’d get caught. Maybe that was part of his plan. Even bad press is good press, right?

SJP looks SO much better in the dress than the other woman. She (the socialite) doesn’t have the panache to pull it off. Sarah Jessica looks stunning. The other lady looks like the dress is wearing her.

deb on

I’m sure many of you will find this hard to believe, but I cannot stand SJP!! Her face is totatlly unattractive, I heard a recent celebrity call her a “horse face”, and I agree. She is not even a little bit pretty, she just has a good figure, and really cute clothes. But I could look that good, too, if I had her money!!!

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