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Sarah Jessica Parker 'Couldn't Say No' to Halston Gig

04/13/2010 at 05:30 PM ET

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She may be known the world round for her peerless ability to carry off daring dresses and teetering heels with ease, but how did Sarah Jessica Parker decide to become involved in the busines of fashion? The Vogue May cover girl told the magazine of her decision to become a fashion exec at Halston Heritage, the archive-inspired secondary line of Halston, “There was every reason to say no, and there were very compelling reasons to say yes. It’s an exciting time at that company… It has a wonderful legacy, and I couldn’t say no, and I’m…uh, figuring it out… ” She comes to the job with a measure of awe, saying of her first years in New York in the Broadway cast of Annie, “It was 1977 in New York City, and you couldn’t be alive and not know the name Halston.” Parker acknowledges the potential juggling act she’ll face balancing her new duties with her movie career and her off-screen role as mom to son James Wilkie, 7, and 10-month-old twins Loretta and Tabitha, saying, “Does it scare me? Am I intimidated? Am I challenged? That’s kind of the way I’ve always made decisions.” But the actress happily notes that she has geography on her side, joking, “Luckily, the Halston offices are about a ten-minute walk from my house.” To read more from Sarah Jessica, pick up the May issue of Vogue or visit vogue.com. – Marissa Patlingrao Cooley

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