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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Morgan on

I don’t think two people wearing the same dress is a big deal. I do think the designer lying about it is a big deal. Especially given the fact that SATC is such a huge FASHION movie.. SJP’s character is a “fashion icon” and I doubt she still would have chosen it had she been aware it had already been worn. The designer knew that and lied about it. That’s wrong.

Kari on

Ms Parker, maybe you need to volunteer more of your time (or wardrobe) to worthy causes/charities. The fact that this is its own “news” piece is a little scary to me.

Sandra on

The designer and the actress do have a relationship. The designer gives the actress a beautiful, one-of-a-kind dress, and in turn the actress mentions the designer on the red carpet. And from the coverage of SJP in that gown – she did just that, “Olivier Theyskens for Nina Ricci.”

And to lie to her face? Sure, she’s a socialite not in the entertainment industry but the met gala is a big enough deal to get New York Times coverage.

And the fact that the designer himself accompanied that socialite? How could he be such a bold faced liar? I hope to read about the repercussions for his scheming.

And I agree with the other comments – not only does SJP continually conduct herself with the utmost class, but she was SO much more fierce in that gown.

Mel on

I’d be pissed. No one wants to wear what someone else has already worn especially to such an important event. Pretty underhanded…I think celebrities should enlist the help of reporters to search archives and give them the heads up, I mean why not. I’m sure they’d appreciate the extra cash.

dale on

There is a war,who cares!

Maria on

Really all I have to say is that if this is the most important thing in this woman’s world to concern herself with, WOW. There are far more important things this “mega” star could concern herself with, like, I don’t know-WORLD HUNGER or something! This society is pathetic, and has become a group of self-centered, self-involved brats. Our earth is falling apart and we are wasting our time worrying about what ugly piece of fabric that woman is wearing now.



angielicious on

SJP shouldnt worry about it…SHE LOOKED AMAZING!!! yeah its dissapointing to find out that somebody wore it….and the designer lied about it…but lets just face it….SJP LOOKED AMAZING!!!!

Dawn on

Deb your not the only one. Next that material of the dress that the world will end over looks like the stuff i cover up my air condition with during the winter.

Mary on

If you think that there are more important things in the world than celebrity fashion, why on earth are you on a celebrity site in the fashion section?! That’s just throwing stones in glass houses. I think this is a really interesting example of how commerce with celebrities and fashion work – if you don’t, turn off your computer and go volunteer somewhere.

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