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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Kathie on

This is completely ridiculous. Who gives a crap if someone else wore the damn dress it happens all the time.

may on

she is The SJP. the event is The Movie Premier. the movie is all about high fashion and being the first to project style – it’s the ultimate faux pas not to mention a major insult to be lied to considering the circumstance. Upset is an understatement for it. I’d be…..

Beck on

It was unethical for the designer to reassure her that it had not been worn before. That was not ok. She’s a class act though, I think she handled it as well as she could. An agreement is an agreement, shame on Theyskens.

Tina on

I think she has a right to be angry. Actresses/Celebrities don’t and can’t pay attention to who wears what and when because there are so many people to look at! Only people who have the job of finding out these parallels can do it (i.e. People.com). The fact is, Sex and the City was expected to be such a big hit, and it has. Of course, since Sarah Jessica Parker, or “Carrie”, is a fashion icon in the movie, she was definitely going to be watched on the red carpet. I think the designer took advantage of that and lied.

I would definitely be insulted and feel used.

Molly on

I’d be annoyed, due to the fact this was such a major premiere, but i would also be able to move on because it is, in fact, just a dress. i would wait for the designer to apologize, and then make a statement accepting the apology, and then i would move on with my life because I looked fabulous at my premier anyhow.

Christina on

I totally agree with Sarah Jessica Parker .. she was lied to. The designer himself told her it had never been worn and yet he himself escorted the dress to another event! She should boycott wearing any future design from Nina Ricci – maybe even a public apology wouldn’t hurt.

Cucumber eyes on

i think it’s time that people stop calling SJP a fashino icon because she isn’t one… Carrie is an icon, but SJP isn’t because in real life, her private, she has nothing to do with fashionista Carrie… now she does because she has to promote the movie… but before it was other story… and about the dress i think this is her school to check dress twice before choosing it… because of the movie she can’t do such mistakes…

Elizabeth on

With all the issues in the papers and on the news today. Disasters, droughts, malnutrition, sickness of people and animals, who really gives a rip if SJP is upset that someone else wore the dress? Most of these people don’t even own mirrors (if they did the certaintly wouldn’t go out in public dressed the way they do), although SJP isn’t one of those. She is always dressed to a “T”! But, still, it just isn’t, or sholdn’t be such a big deal. She looked awesome in it, bettet than Lohan and the other woman. She made them look terrible and she should be proud!

Carly on

I think all the “boo-hoo”-ers don’t really know what they’re talking about. SJP actually grew up in an extremely poverty-stricken family, which is one of the reasons why NOTHING in her clothing line (Bitten) is over $20. She donates heaps of money to organizations that aid impoverished children, as well, but she does not choose to publicize it like so many other celebs do. I’m pretty sure she is well aware of what’s going on in the world – hence the “in the big picture, this is not important” comment. Or did you bother to read that far?

The issue is not whether the dress was worn before. The issue is that the designer lied to her and essentially used her to have his design featured at what was arguably the biggest movie premier of the year. As others have mentioned, fashion is a big part of the SATC franchise. On the U.S. opening night of the movie, and I don’t think she was expecting too much when she thought she’d be wearing a piece that had never appeared publicly before. It feels crappy to be lied to and used – especially on your big night – no matter how much money you have or don’t have. AND, I think she is completely gorgeous – she’s a *real* woman and hasn’t been over-botoxed and filled with silicone and restylane like so many others.

Linda on

Boo Hoo. I only wish I had her problems!!! I love her though!

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