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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ali smith on

Seriously, this is actually something worth crying about???? Someone else wore the overpriced gown that you weren’t charged a penny to borrow? When will these whinny get their heads out of their backsides??

Lynithia on

Considering the dress was a MISS and not a hit, and neither woman looked good in the mess, maybe next time they will think twice about what the designer thinks and look in the mirror and think for themselves instead. This look is a MISS!

Mary #2 on

I agree with the first Mary. If people like dale and Maria are so concerned with other things like hunger/poverty/war, why in the world are they looking though a celebrity fashion blog? Quit being hypocrites and do something actually constructive, instead of whining on a public forum.

Anyhow, SJP has a right to be upset. No one appreciates being lied to.

Connie on

SJP rocked it way better than the socialite. But If I were her I would be p—-d off. This was a HUGE night for her and she was led to believe she was the first to wear the dress. The Nini Rici people and the designer should feel shame for misleading her. They should probably consider themselves lucky if she ever wears them again.

Wendy on

It’s the deception involved. He knew the dress was worn because he was there. SJP has been such an amazing advocate for fashion within the entertainment industry, it’s disappointing she would be misled on an important night for her. She did rock the dress, though.

Heather on

Is this seriously a major problem in someone’s life? I mean it’s a dress….why all the drama. Get a life and a set of real problems like the rest of us.

Lisa on

I would just like to say that I really don’t think that any of this really matters. I could think of far worse things that could happen in life. She was miss informed and like the rest of Americans you just have to get over it! Life will still go on and the Earth will still rotate!!!!!
Please remember that there are people all over the world who do not have enough money to eat or live, I don’t think that this is a catastrophy!!!!

Kerri on

OH PLEASE!!!!! GIVE ME A BREAK! Is SJP really that shallow that she can’t be seen in a dress that was worn by another? Who cares if she was lied to….get over it.

Sophie on

You look way far better than that socialite lady, SJP. Seriously, I feel your disappointment too.

But again, I just have have to say this: Sarah Jessica Parker, you might be upset, but take it from a huge fan… you’re lovable in anything! Love you!

nikki on


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