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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SW on

well, it’s not that big a deal because they both looked great – but it’s the principle of the thing – being lied to by the designer himself is just so crappy – i totally feel for SJP – she was treated very badly

cwx4 on

Personally, I thought this dress looked like a cross between tin foil and a candy wrapper. That being said … it was better than the weird hat she wore in London.
You do not need to me a SATC fan to know that SJP likes to be original. Even if her choices look more like confections that couture, she is not one to wear hand me downs. Think back to your prom … how many stores did you drag your Mom to so that you would have something noone else had? Remember the heartbreak of the girls who showed up all wearing the same thing? It is only a dress but we carry deep emotions with our dresses. She has a right to be disappointed and hurt.
Foolish designer shot himself in the foot … he just threw his credibility out the window.

Joanne on

It’s a FAB dress and SJP looked awesome at the premiere. Too bad Olivier Theyskens is a liar that can’t be trusted. I’m hopeful that mistake won’t happen by her or any other celeb again. on

unethical??? how can you take such offense over a dress?

Manda on

I would be upset… it’s not like you’re wearing the same thing that someone else wore to a party. This was HER movie premiere. It’s obvious that he lied to her because had he told her the truth, she would’ve chose a different dress and perhaps a different designer. I mean, it is just a dress, but everyone knew that after that premiere, it wasn’t just going to be “A” dress, but instead “THE” dress. Shame on him for deceiving her.

Amanda on

Daisy – in most cases they don’t get to KEEP the dresses, they just borrow them for the events.

SJP looked gorgeous, but I’d be irritated too. I completely agree with Anissa, if this had been for anything other than the SATC premiere it wouldn’t be such a big deal but that movie is all about the fashion. And for the designer to lie just so she would choose his dress is appalling.

CLF on

Get over it. I love fashion but your movie made over $50mil this past weekend! A little perspective would be good.

The Pilot's Wife on

It’s not about the cost to SJP, it’s about integrity and the representatives for Nina Ricci seems void of that.

Red on

Lindsay Lohan was photographed wearing the exact same dress for a magazine shoot. Other blogs have posted pictures of that as well. So, this dress was worn down the red carpet and photographed for a fashion magazine. The designer himself escorted a woman down the red carpet wearing the dress. He lied to SJP, whatever your feelings on two people wearing a dress are, the man still lied. That is going to be a big problem for him in the future. I wouldn’t be surprised if you see quite a few stars avoid Nina Ricci because of this.

San on

boo hoo, get over it!!

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