We talk about the main fashion postulates of the star of “Sex and the City”: how motherhood influenced her style, whether she has a shoe addiction and how the actress differs from Carrie Bradshaw.
Endless comparisons of Sarah Jessica Parker with her famous alter-ego Carrie Bradshaw managed to bore both the actress herself and everyone who is not indifferent to her life and work. Of course, the contribution to the fashion industry of the stylish and witty heroine of “Sex and the City”, who introduced one loud trend after another for six seasons, is grandiose: we all remember Carrie’s name pendant and a full tutu skirt to dizziness. But the fashion achievements of the 54-year-old American actress, designer and producer are no less striking.
Sarah at New York Fashion Week, 2017
Sarah on the streets of New York, 2017
Her arsenal includes friendship with the great and “terrible” editor of American Vogue Anna Wintour, cooperation with brands such as Halston Heritage, GAP and Intimissimi, co-chairmanship of the industry’s most high-profile event Met Gala and, finally, a personal collection of SJP shoes. In honor of the birthday of a bright fashion icon, we suggest abstracting from the screen cliche that has become boring to everyone and paying attention to the fashionable beliefs of the actress herself that have been developed over the years.
Sarah and Anna Wintour
In each of her looks, especially for carpets, the actress clearly relies on femininity and sexuality, but at the same time never looks vulgar. Parker has always been very sensitive to the line between permissible nudity and vulgarity. One of her favorite techniques even before the sensational series was a skillful demonstration of a beautiful shoulder line and elegant collarbones – the actress often preferred shortened bra tops or bandeau models that showed perfect abs, paired with trousers, jeans and spectacular skirts for social outings.
Today, supermodels Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner boldly follow the precepts of Parker from the 90s, exploiting this technique in their street-style images. Sarah herself still continues to play on the contrast of fragility and sensuality, but in a slightly different way — a dress with a deep slit, exposing a chiseled leg, is full of charm and certainly works no worse.
Sarah in New York, 2017
Sarah on a walk, 2016
Accessories – a mirror of individuality
Whether it’s shoes, a handbag or a pendant, Sarah’s accessories are always extraordinary, sometimes paradoxical and very charismatic — just like their owner. So, at the Muse Awards ceremony in 2018, all attention was paid not to the elegant velvet dress of the actress, but to her hand, which was decorated with a silver wide slave bracelet of original design. And even during an ordinary walk around New York in a cozy cheburashka fur coat and a knitted hat, the star managed to show everyone her personality, cheering up the image with colorful socks.
Sarah at the Muse Awards ceremony and the same bracelet, 2018
Sarah on a walk in New York, 2018
For Parker, fashion is not only a way of self-expression, but also an opportunity to speak out about the current problems of society, to take real actions to solve them. Proof of this is the Butterfly Ballerina brooch, created by the actress for charity purposes in 2014 in tandem with her friend and famous jeweler artist Cindy Chao.
Sarah and Cindy Chao present a joint brooch “Butterfly ballerina”, 2014
Smart wardrobe or the myth of shopaholism
One of the biggest myths surrounding Sarah Jessica Parker is related to her obsession with shoes, which originated all the same thanks to Carrie Bradshaw. We all remember the heroine’s dressing room, filled to overflowing with designer shoes by Manolo Blahnik and Jimmy Choo. Parker herself is already tired of denying that she has such an addiction, promoting conscious consumption and practicing vintage shopping: “It’s so amazing — no matter how many times I answer this question, people still think that I have shoe mania. To be honest, I rarely buy new clothes at all and prefer used ones, including for my children.” It is quite understandable that during the six years of filming in the series, Parker was so “spoiled” with all sorts of outfits that fashionistas around the world dreamed of, that instead of dependence, a completely opposite attitude to all this “tinsel” could arise.
Sarah as Carrie Bradshaw, 2004
Sarah on the set of the TV series “Sex and the City”, 2007
About relevance, or can a mother of three children be a style icon
Sarah has repeatedly admitted that motherhood has greatly affected her way of dressing: “Practicality really dominates my style now. Whatever the weather is outside – cold, rain, snow – in the morning I have to collect myself and the children, I have certain responsibilities and responsibility for them. Of course, if the beginning of my day was different, then the choice of clothes, respectively, would be different. Motherhood doesn’t dictate all my stylistic decisions, but it definitely makes a significant contribution.”
Sarah on a walk with the kids, New York 2015
But does this prevent the mother of three children – 16-year-old James and 9-year-old twins Tabitha and Marion – from being an influential person in the fashion community? Obviously not. She just adjusts her activities to the circumstances and does it perfectly. This can be seen in the mood of her second collection for Gap Kids, clearly inspired by parental experience and family traditions. “We were thinking about practicality and comfort: how to feel comfortable and relaxed and at the same time stylish and fashionable,” the star shared about her work for the brand.
Stylish rule – there are no rules
Sarah on the streets of New York, 2018
With her eclectic and bright style, Sarah Jessica Parker translates the main fashion postulate: “My only rule in fashion is that there are no rules. Wear something that makes you feel confident, and then you will win.” The star has repeatedly said that clothes should be an independent choice for everyone, and urged to experiment, refusing to give women fashion advice, no matter how they asked her. “Style is something that is created by individuality. Most often we are attracted to people because they have their own vision. Fashion is what is offered to the consumer. And style is what you make of it.”