Style Icon: Sarah Jessica Parker

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She appeared in American Vogue for the first time in September 1987, and ever since she has had 6 Vogue covers that were shot by Patrick Demarchelier, Annie Leibovitz, Steven Meisel and Mario Testino. Sarah Jessica Parker and her “Sex and the City” character defined the style of a whole generation of women. This cultural phenomenon gave the actress another parallel identity; that of a fashion icon. Somehow these two incredible girls became one in the collective conscience, although in fact Sarah Jessica differs from Carrie quite a bit. One thing is for sure, though; they are both warm and authentic, and they love fashion!

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On and off red carpet and screen, SJP proves to be a chameleon of style, ceaselessly topping best-dressed lists. Her looks, especially in the 90’s and early 00’s, have been eccentric and revealing, always inspiring other women to have fun with fashion and be playful with style. Being a size zero almost all of her life, she can literally rock anything she feels like. She’s credited for her smart combos of designer and high street pieces, a fresh approach to vintage and creativity that breaks the rules. It’s an artistic attitude. Quirky elegance is one of her signature styles and ballerina pink is among her most favorite color choices. She’s also known for her fabulous, ever-changing hair and headpieces, and her stiletto pumps and sandals.

Patricia Field – the genius stylist behind Sex and the City – described her once as “an unintentional supermodel.” Quite legitimately, Parker received  the prestigious CFDA Fashion Icon award in 2004. Although Sarah Jessica Parker differs considerably from her iconic Carrie Bradshaw character, her post-SATC looks continue to be sensational. The role that catapulted her to stardom and earned her four Golden Globes, three Screen Actors Guild awards and two Emmys keeps on defining her public image. Women want to wear what she’s wearing and usually buy out her beauty and fashion products.

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But deep inside, Sarah remains a next-door girl, never forgetting her humble past and owing a lot to her family that taught her – among other things – to wear clothes appropriate to each occasion. Economic hardships didn’t stop her from studying drama and ballet on scholarships, and from chasing her dream to play on Broadway. There, she met Robert Downey, Jr., a partner of 8 years, and later, in 1996, met her husband and father of her kids, actor Matthew Broderick. Together they pose as a very fashionable and beautiful couple. Now, a busy mom of three, she’s not walking on Manolos and Jimmy Choos all day long. In her sweet private world, she unexpectedly values comfort over glamour!

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But people insist on viewing her as a famous doll; the talented actress who captures all the lights, when stepping into the red carpet. No one forgets her fourteen-in-a-row glamorous outfits as a host at the MTV Movie Awards in 2000 or her endless looks in the first Sex and the City movie. SJP/Carrie Bradshaw is still there! One of the most powerful comebacks to her ultra glam eclectic style was her splashed-in-gold-and-paint Giles Deacon dress, with a hard-to-fit-in-a-car Philip Treacy Mohawk headpiece, at the punk-themed Met gala in 2013. It is said that she was sitting at the limo’s flour on her way to the event! This was her sequel to a previous groundbreaking appearance, at the “AngloMania” Met Gala in 2007, dressed in an Alexander McQueen cross-section of a ballerina dress and a Scottish kilt, with the designer himself as her plus one!

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SJP has been the face of global brands like GAP and the Garnier hair products. Her fashion icon status as well as her deep knowledge of the industry, and a great sense of style, led her easily to many fashion/beauty collaborations, such as her two fragrances – Lovely in 2005 and Covet in 2007 – and the affordable (now discontinued) sportswear line Bitten for Steve & Barry’s. Her fashion icon resume includes also the role of the president and creative director for the Halston Heritage line, a spin-off label reviving archival disco-age masterpieces. The project lasted almost a year and a half, up until July 2011. Her latest hit is the shoe collection she launched in February 2014, teaming up with George Malkemus, CEO of Manolo Blahnik –a brand that owes a lot to her popularizing their styles, both as Sarah Jessica and as Carrie. The collection consists of super girly and elegant – hand-made in Italy – heels, ladylike handbags, and classy outerwear, covetable and affordable at the same time, available exclusively at Nordstrom. It already became an instant success with women across the US rushing to her events and buying out the signed shoes. What’s next? Most probably, a wonderful life that blends creativity and kindness in an amazing way!

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