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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Goldie on

To those who are ragging SJP for making a big deal of this when there are bigger things going on in the world…

If I’m not mistaken, SJP was asked her thoughts on this matter she didn’t go to the press. In addition, she prefaced her statement by saying “In the big picture, this is not important” so she realizes that it’s somewhat trivial. The thing to be upset about is that the designer told her a bold faced lie.

Jan on

He was an idiot for lying about it, but I think it’s time to get past this wasteful thinking that just because a dress was worn once at an event, it can’t be worn again.

koz on

Did the designer at least have the dress dry-cleaned before allowing it to be worn again?

Dedi on

My heart bleeds for her. How rough her life must be…..

jennifer on

The dress is ugly anyway. It looks like it’s made of plastic wrap.

keeber on

With all the attention being given to this fashion no-no, will the designer be held accountable? My guess is, “No”, because he got the job done. The gown was out there, we’re all still talking about it, etc. That’s balls!

hal on

deb: I agree with you. SJP does have horsey features. Her face is scary and tough to look at when it is projected on a big screen.

patty on

In this day & age of “green” recycling, why shouldn’t a dress be worn more than once? It seems so vain & wasteful to create beautiful dresses and have them worn just once by a star on the red carpet. Think of all the energy and materials used to create these one-of-a-kind/one time dresses! Shouldn’t Hollywood do their part to help cut down on waste,too?

Dena Leichnitz on

It probably wouldn’t have occured to me ask if someone had wore it before me in the first place. That is not how I think. However, if I had asked and you lied to me, then yes I would be upset about the lie. Not about the fact someone had worn it before but just about the fact that you couldn’t or wouldn’t tell me the truth about it, after all it is not so big a deal that you need to lie over it. In the end, though I wouldn’t care. I have a son I am trying to get into kindergarten, I have 101 church callings, I do volunteer work for SNMAC, there is a lot more I have to worry about then one dress.

Nourhan on

Lindsay Lohan also wore it to in Harper’s Bazaar photoshoot

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