There is no doubt that Sex and the City television series made Sarah Jessica Parker who she is today; a style icon envied and loved by fashion lovers worldwide. As Carrie Bradshaw, we can't get enough of her stunning designer wardrobe and her nonchalance with fashion. Carrie Bradshaw made it okay to wear a tutu and a tank top in public. She made us covet Manolo Blahnik Campari Mary Janes and picked labels over love.
The mystique behind Carrie Bradshaw, the character, and Sarah Jessica Parker, the actress, has been fueled by magazines, television and designers who dress her. Sarah Jessica Parker has always talked about her humble beginnings in Ohio, wearing vintage finds that her mom bought from factories and moving to New York City to pursue her dreams. She graces the cover of Vogue magazine once again for the May issue and talks about her latest foray into fashion. After her short stint with Steve and Barry for her affordable like Bitten, SJP is now heading the Halston Heritage line as their creative director.
The actress talks candidly with Vogue
contributing editor Vicki Woods. Here are a few excerpts:
The upcoming Sex and the City sequel: “We four women, despite I guess what a lot of people hope, have never been better. This movie—and maybe it’s because we actually lived together—it was the best! We were together all day long, at night, in the restaurants, in our hotels. It was wonderful.”
Sex and the City getting older: “We’re still playing—uh, I don’t know how old Carrie is! Is she about 42 now? I think Carrie’s younger than I [Parker is 45], and Miranda and Charlotte are younger than they are in real life. Samantha was always the older lady, so she’s 52 now and talks a lot about what comes with that. In the movie. Talks about menopause. Comedically.”
On having children with a surrogate mother: “Meeting your children rather than giving birth to them, it’s as if, um, it’s—suspended animation. The gestational experience is gone. It’s as if everything else disappears for a moment, and the world goes silent and—I can’t explain it except to say that nothing else existed. I don’t remember anything but the blanket on the bed that they were lying on and my husband’s face and their faces and my sons. It’s literally as if sound is sucked from the room. Time stands still. It’s so different, and equally extraordinary.”
On the importance of keeping perspective: “We painted our patio furniture ourselves…. I make my children’s food myself. We put together their high chairs ourselves; we do a lot ourselves! We do our own grocery shopping, we go to the market ourselves, you know? I do my laundry.”
Her introduction to New York and Halston: “I came to New York originally in 1976, and then I got this part in Annie around the corner from Studio 54. I was a little girl, and for some reason they always invited the cast of Annie to Studio 54, so there I was at thirteen and fourteen, and the doorman would usher us in, literally underneath his arms. And it was 1977 in New York City, and you couldn’t be alive and not know the name Halston.”
Her new position with Halston: “There was every reason to say no, and there were very compelling reasons to say yes…. It’s an exciting time at that company. It has had some false starts that are well documented and it is relaunching itself. It has a wonderful legacy, and I couldn’t say no.”