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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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Jessica on

hello…it’s just a dress.

GS on

Overall – in the grand scheme of things – this is not a matter of great importance.

Overall – in the fashion world – Olivier Theyskens has committed a felony. SJP has her choice of designers to wear and she is ALWAYS fashion forward.
Of course she’s going to be photographed. Duh – Olivier – not a smart move.

marti on

no question – SJP looked smashing.

marti on

SJP looked beautiful in the gown. no question about it.

Diana on

I love how classy SJP stays about the situation letting it be known she is upset but not throwing a diva tantrum about it. And she has every right in the world to be upset. She was betrayed by someone who she should be able to rely on. She could have very easily gotten ANY designer in the world to make her a one of a kind coture dress for this event, because everyone knows how much press the SATC ladies dresses for the night were going to get! It’s a free advertisement dream to have SJP say on the pink carpet “I’m wearing so and so tonight!”

Now this shady designer has created a nightmare for him and the Nina Ricci. And what’s even more upsetting is the Mario Grauso the President for Puig has the audacity to say he is upset that she is upset! Please she has every right to be upset and you should be groveling and doing something about your designers shady ways! That says a lot about how people should expect to be treated by you and your designers.

Whatever, yes SJP did look far better than the other lady, but it was a betrayal and it was wrong.

Diana on

This is in reply to all the people saying “It’s just a dress” and “There’s more serious issues in the world”

1. If you read the article SJP said “In the big picture, this is not important” meaning the fact that the dress was worn before is NOT the fact. It could have been worn a billion times before. The issue is the designer LIED!! No one likes being lied to especially when it’s for such an important night in their career. To you it may not matter, but this is HER career and her work, just like you have your career and your work.

2. Yes there are insanely more important issues in the world such as hunger, earthquakes, war etc. but if you want to read about that go to CNN.com not People.com. If you’re on this website it’s to read about celebrities and fashion. To get your mind off of the real issues for a minute and there is nothing wrong with that.

3. The judgemental people critisizing SJP know nothing. Because like another person said on here, she grew up poor and does a lot for poor children. She is very humble and private that is why it’s not so known. Before SATC the movie started to promote, when’s the last time you saw her on TMZ or the front page of the tabloids. She is very classy and you all should stop being so envious.

penny on

Face it ladies….when we buy that perfect dress to wear to a class reunion or to a really nice party, the last thing we want to see is someone wearing the same dress we are wearing.. Am I right??? Fact of the matter is, she wanted a special dress for her special day and the designer lied to her.

sally on

Importance is irrelevant. Being lied to sucks. I don’t blame her for being upset.

Secretive Person on

I wouldn’t care!
10) SJP looks 5,000,000,000,000,000 times better in the dress and
2) Who is Lauren Santo Domingo? Is she an award winning actress? I DON’T THINK SO!!!

This Oliver guy sounds like a creeper anyways….

Rob on

I’m torn. I think it’s much a do about nothing. It’s just a dress. I mean we are paying $4 a gallon for gas now days. So we have bigger fish to fry. BUT I also think there’s a thing called principal. Not too cool. They just should’ve been honest about it.

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