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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JB on

Wrong, wrong, wrong. Why would anyone in Hollywood trust that designer’s word again? It’s a shame for Nina Ricci as it was such a beautiful dress. SJP looked amazing in it anyway!

Christina on

This isn’t the high school prom! Who cares if someone else wore the dress before!!! Although I would be upset too if someone wore the dress who was half my age, looked ten times better and never gets called a butter face by Howard Stern. She looked good until she started griping about such a mundane issue.
ps…Lindsay looked much better in the dress than Sarah.

Jackie on

How will the world survive. Someone else wore the dress first. Gee I bet all the people starving on the streets or searching for their loved ones lost in the Chinese earthquake disaster are devasted. I expected more from SJP. Get over yourself and get over the dress. Some people are just happy to have something to wear.

Katie on

Olivier Theyskens just shot himself in the foot. Any celebrity attending a red carpet event will seriously think twice about wearing his designs or trusting his word. He should be thankful that SJP is handling the matter like a lady and a true class act or it could be much worse for him.

alexa on

wow what an imbarassment o to sarah..
i am never trusting nina ricci again!!!

tina on

it’s mean that people call SJP a horse face! What haters! She’s bubbly, sweet and talented! I bet half of you would kill for her horseface if you could make her money!

rippies on

The designer deliberately decieved her. She should be fired from Nina Ricci.Its just a dress, but millions of dollars in free advertising at SJP expense

Karen Hetfeld on

honestly, i truly love SJP. i think that she is brilliant. however, in this current economy, the war in iraq, and all the other troubles facing the world today, a dress mishap should really be the least of her concerns. those of us in the country who can’t afford the gas to get to the movies to see SATC sometimes feel resentful of the fact that a pre-worn dress makes the headlines. Integrity and ethics should be characteristic of any profession, but seriously, give me a break on this one!

Karen Hetfeld on

ps: as for the 2 Mary’s, those of us who find this insane type of press over a pre-worn dress are probably the ones who ARE volunteers, aware of social issues (non-fashion related), and are suffering in the current economy. however, i like fashion and entertainment as well. do you even know who Sydney Pollack was or Bo Didley? those are more worthy story lines to focus on!!

MelROcks on

I would never buy from them again!
Poor Sarah…

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