Sex and the City 2 premiered at Radio City Music Hall in New York City with all the flash and glitz you’d expect – couture, sparkle, high-slits, A-list celebrities aplenty, and more Loubies and Manolos than line the racks of Bergdorf Goodman, Barneys, New York, and Saks Fifth Avenue combined.
Sarah Jessica Parker – who made a very public blunder at the premiere of Sex and the City’s first film when she wore a Nina Ricci gown that had already been previously worn by socialite and Vogue-ette Lauren Santo Domingo to the Met Gala – was out to redeem herself by wearing a glaringly bright Valentino Couture gown.
Few stars, with the exception of Chloe Sevigny, have opted to wear Valentino to high-profile events since Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli took over the brand’s design role from Alessandra Facchinetti. This is a major coup for Valentino, given the design flack they have been getting since Valentino Garavani stepped down as creative director.
Unfortunately, while I couldn’t agree more with all those who are in awe of Sarah Jessica Parker’s toned figure, and while I think that age is just a number, perhaps the high-high slit, asymmetrical slit in the bust area, and neon yellow color would have been more appropriate on someone younger, like Zoe Saldana, than on Parker. Furthermore, her heavy Ferragamo pumps didn’t work with the delicate lightness of the dress, which screamed for equally airy sandals.
Things went even more downhill at the after-party, where Parker switched into a black, long-sleeved, lace, peek-a-boo Fall 2010 Elie Saab mini.
The panels of the dress completely flattened out her bust area, although I like the fullness of the skirt and the Nicholas Kirkwood peep toes she opted to pair the dress with.
That said, I was surprised that she opted for the Kirkwood shoes given that she had been photographed in them before, and even more surprised that she didn’t opt for Halston.
Given how gorgeous she looked at the Met ball in Halston, and the beautiful Halston Heritage looks featured in the film, perhaps it would have been wiser for her to stick to the predicted brand of choice for the evening.
As for Parker’s cast-mates, Kristen Davis looked gorgeous in a strapless silk chiffon Jean Desses vintage couture gown from Decades.
Cynthia Nixon looked better than ever with loosely curled, longer hair, and a strapless Carolina Herrera gown.
Kim Cattrall similarly looked better than she has on many red carpets, wearing a glistening Naeem Khan, V-front gown, and popping crimson lips.
The original Carrie Bradshaw, Candace Bushnell, looked fittingly quirky and put together in Spring 2010 Miu Miu, and Patricia Field looked kooky and fabulous in a crimped ponytail.
Who would have thought that Sarah Jessica Parker would be the only major fashion disappointment?
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