Sarah Jessica Parker has long been associated with fashion due to her role as Carrie Bradshaw on the show Sex and the City. She embodied New York City glamour to women everywhere and made Manolo Blahnik a household name – a designer whose shoes even the thriftiest women covet.
More recently, Barneys New York and the Walt Disney Company created a cartoon version of SJP for their Electric Holiday campaign video. Still, the actress insists she doesn’t think of herself as a fashion icon. Of the suggestion that she’s the same fashion icon in real life as she once played on the small screen, she says:
It’s not an identity that I … connect to. I’m grateful if anyone says anything kind, and if they say something less kind, I take that as a part of anyone talking about you at all. It’s not how I think of myself and I think it’s probably the healthier approach.
Even though she doesn’t associate herself with fashion, Parker does admit that she appreciates the industry. “I love beautiful things and I’m privileged to borrow a beautiful dress,” says Sarah of her opportunities to wear designer clothing on the red carpet. She feels that this is the one part of her life that fashion fits into to and does enjoy dressing up when she gets the chance.
Take, for instance, the ensemble Parker chose for the Electric Holiday campaign launch and holiday window unveiling. To co-host the event with Disney CEO Bob Iger and Barneys CEO Mark Lee, she wore a black L’Wren Scott dress and custom made Mickey Mouse ears. She still managed to work some charity into all the night’s glamour though by announcing that 25% of the sales from the Electric Holiday product line will be donated to the American Red Cross for Hurricane Sandy relief. Sarah recognizes that many people affected are in need and will continue to be, so she’s dedicated to giving back in any way that she can.
SJP prefers a more low-key look in her everyday life, mainly because of her most important role – being a mother! She believes it’s not realistic to dress up to run errands or go to the grocery store. When you have three hungry kids to feed and a limited amount of time to shop, there’s “no time to let vanity enter into that.”
What do you think of Sarah Jessica Parker’s insistence that she’s not a fashion icon? She seems very involved in the world of fashion, so it’s hard to believe she thinks she has no part in it. Even her everyday street style looks seem more fashionable than most people’s low-key looks, but maybe she just doesn’t realize this.