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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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BONNY on

For such a HUGE premiere every one of the ladies should have had something custom designed. Atleast they both didnt wear it at the same time but I do think the other girl looked better in it. The movie was ALL ABOUT CARRIE so it should have been originals!

Rachel on

Who really gives a rat’s? I think SJP shouldn’t have even commented. There are more important things going on in the world other than–gasp!–wearing the same dress as someone else. Get over yourself!

kjs on

this is the first time i have ever posted my thoughts but after reading the article, i have to say “it’s a dress” – i am sure there are many other issues that deserve our consideration

Jessica on

I totally agree with you guys!!! SJP, as always, looks ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS in the dress. Lauren, not so much…as for the designer, I beleive he may have just “sealed his fate” as a designer! Or could it be possible that he realized after the fact how bad the dress looked on Lauren, and tried to revive it through SJP? After all, it is a beautiful dress.

Anonymous on

what they did was not cool. but SJP needs to get over herself. so one cant wear the dress she’s (SJP) been seen in? ever again? give me a break. people are dying in africa!

Dawn on

I can not believe that this is such a big deal. That a dress can only be worn once and then what? I find it funny that this dress was actually worn twice before SJP worn it. There are plenty of people out there that would love to have a nice dress that wouldn’t care how many people wore it before them. I am sure there are much more important issuse in the world then that. And if she is so concerned about how she looks maybe she should have that UGLY mole removed from her face. She is not that pretty anyways. The other two who wore the dress looked much better then SJP in it anyway.

Heather on

SJP is a classy lady, from head to Manolo’s. I think she is handling this “scandal” perfectly. She understands the big picture here. It sucks, but it’s just a dress. This Olivier guy is a moron! Seriously, dude? With paparazzi everywhere, you think you’d get away with lying about the most photographed dress so far this year?!?!

I also think it’s hilarious that no one knows who this socialite is. When will people get over these pseudo-celebrities? Shouldn’t we expect more from these “role modles?” Talent, morals or at the very least, a job?

Wendy on

Sheesh…I’d be a little more irked that Lindsay Lohan wore it first than the what’s-her-name socialite. Either way, I’m disappointed that SJP is boo-hooing over something so completely unimportant. The movie was going to make millions whether or not you were wearing someone’s old rag or a tea cozy on your head to the premier, so suck it up!

44dakota on

Sarah Jessica Parker: Take comfort…you look so much better than the others.
(but he lied to you….he is nasty)

Fashionista on

Apparently Lindsay Lohan also wore it for a fashion shoot last winter. Check out People’s Fashion Faceoff. If I were SJP I would be livid for being so blatantly lied to, especially since it was for such a big event.

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