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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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Jenny on

She’s not being shallow about it. It’s just the principle that he lied to get more press.
This reflects very badly on Nina Ricci.

Robin on

The designer lied on purpose to further his career and his name in the industry and as a result he killed his name and career with his actions. Yes, it’s just a dress but he used SJP for exposure and she was blindsided. Ultimately his disception will have a negative effect on his career for those who can afford to buy his dresses are probably going to go elsewhere since he embarassed just a beloved star.

jennsuzhoy on

I tend to agree that it was wrong on the part of the designer. No, this isn’t headlining news (which is probably why it is featured in the BLOG and not the NEWS page), but it still reflects poorly on his ethics.

True, a handfull of people might recognize the gown from the Met gala, but the majority are still going to recognize it from the SATC premier. I understand why he did it, but was it really worth the risk of losing potential future collaboration with SJP? Probably not.

VKC on

I wouldn’t wear Nina Ricci anymore. They lied to SJP, pure and simple.

Teig on

I think it was wrong that the designer, Olivier Theyskens would tell a actress that the dress was never worned, but indeed another person worn it only a month ago at the gala and he escorted this women to it.

hmdavis011 on

it is just a dress, but the bad part is that they lied to her. either they wanted to embarrass her or they just wanted more publicity

Maria on

I agree with SJP. It’s the principle of the situation. This was a HUGE movie premier. The designer was probably so anxious to get her to wear it that he ‘forgot’ it was not a first time dress. Kudos to SJP for speaking up, setting her foot down but still stay gracious throughout. Regardless, (with no offense to Miss Santo Domingo)’Carrie’ wore it better.

Karen L. Demmy on

How many women get to wear such beautiful gowns at all? I could see if she were upset if they worse the same gown at the same event at the same time, but it was not…………it’s not like they were walking around looking like twins! Big deal!! So many things in life to worry about and you worry about this???? Ridiculous. And as far as the unethical element on the designers part, he did LIE to her and for that I would be upset too, but not for WHAT he lied about, I dont see the big deal about more than one woman owning the same dress and all. But I’d just be upset for anyone to lie to me about anything.
You have a gorgeous gown, wear it……and dont wear it once and think you can never be photographed in it. For God’s sake……some people are homeless and walk around in the same outfit day after day. Get real!

Maria on

I agree with SJP. It’s the principle of the situation. This was a HUGE movie premier. The designer was probably so anxious to get her to wear it that he ‘forgot’ it was not a first time dress. Kudos to SJP for speaking up, setting her foot down but still stay gracious throughout. Regardless, (with no offense to Miss Santo Domingo) ‘Carrie’ wore it better!

Joy on

I think the designer was wrong! If it’s any consolation to her, SJP wore the dress far better than either Lindsay Lohan or Lauren Domingo.

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