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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Tarja on

I think that SJP handled the situation in a very respectful way. I would definitely be upset too, if I had been told that it had never been worn. If I am not mistaken this is not the first time this happened for a red carpet event. I believe this occurred with Reese Witherspoon and Kirsten Dunst. Designers just have to be honest with their clients, because in all essence, the stars are promoting their lines.

Dee on

These designers get a lot of Free publicity for their clothing and this was definately deceptive. I would hope that she would not wear this designer again. The designers are much more in need of showing off their fashions than stars are in need of a ‘free’ dress to wear.

Kelsey on

I would not care if someone wore the same dress as me but I would be pissed if I was told by the designer that it was a never-worn dress when the designer had escored someone in that dress a month earlier. I would not go back to a designer if I thought that they would decieve me.

Stefanie on

Who cares? Its too bad that SJP was led to believe the dress was not previously worn, but give me a break! Most of us will never get the chance to wear such an expensive, beautiful gown — she’s so successful and has so much, who cares about a little gown slip up?!

zialab on

I’d be upset at being lied to.

ET on

At least they didn’t wear it to the same event, know that would have been ugly!

Lisa Lisa on

Oh whatever, Carrie. Get over it!

Linda on

Why even care if it’s been worn before? If you like the dress wear it! This just adds more fuel to the fire that celebrity vanity is so over the top. The only person who’s going to remember that someone wore this dress before she did is Sarah. By the way, both women looked gorgeous in this dress, it’s an awesome dress!

Jenn on

Not only that, but it’s also been worn by lindsay lohan at a photoshoot! use any search engine and search lindsay biker fairy. she’s wearing a leather jacket on top of it.

Kelly on

OMG There is a war going on, people all over the world are starving, people are recovering from natural disasters, and this snob is complaining because her dress was worn once before her?? Give me a break! I never cared for her much, and I REALLY don’t care for her now!!

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