If you build it, they will come. At least that was the case this weekend when Sarah Jessica Parker opened a two-day pop-up inside The Shops at Crystals in Las Vegas. The “SJP” boutique launched with an exclusive capsule collection called “The Strip Collection” to celebrate the actress’ new shoe line, SJP, with Zappos Couture. Sarah Jessica was on hand to greet her devotees, sign shoes and catch us up on all the latest and greatest.
theFashionSpot: We love your new collection! Is there a specific shoe you have at home that brings up a fond memory for you?
Sarah Jessica Parker: I was lucky enough to play somebody who wore a lot of shoes. In the midst of wearing all those shoes, we were making memories, too. So, I’m pretty sentimental about a fair number of shoes, to be honest. But most of those are in an archive; I don’t even touch those.
tFS: We heard your Sex and the City days were resurrected in this capsule collection.
SJP: Yes, with one shoe called Carrie. This capsule collection, which I call “The Strip Collection” was hugely fun. We were sitting with the market and the sales team at Zappos. I was like, “We should be doing shoes that tell the same story as the night sky in Vegas.” [This collection] has the same glow and bounce.
tFS: What do you think every woman should have in their shoe wardrobe?
SJP: It’s not my job to tell women what they should and should not do. I never enter into those conversations because what I think is a necessity can be radically contrary to what you describe as a must-have. I feel like people always look best when [they] walk out the door looking and feeling like themselves. That’s why these things like “what’s important for spring” or “what’s the right shoe to make you feel powerful” are a bunch of malarkey. What makes me feel confident might be totally different than what makes you feel that way.
tFS: What did you like about working with Zappos?
SJP: There’s a million different women with all different shapes, sizes and ethnic backgrounds. They have different needs and desires and different fantasies. What’s great about working with Zappos is they were like, “Yeah, do it all.”
tFS: Your shoes are always so sexy. Do you ever think about what your husband likes when you’re putting on a pair of shoes?
SJP: No! I don’t think about what I find sexy or even what makes me look good. I wear what makes me feel good. And I don’t mean that’s always a practical decision. It’s not that a heel feels great all day long. I can’t think about somebody else. If I’m that result-oriented, then it’s not going to be me, and it’s not going to be sexy because I’m wearing someone else’s idea of sexy. When people are walking down the street, we respond to their confidence. That’s what we find most arresting.
tFS: Can you tell us a little about your new HBO series Divorce?
SJP: I play a character named Francis. She’s been married for 17 years to her husband, played by Thomas Haden Church. There’s an event that happens in the pilot that she responds to in a way that surprises her. I think she’s at a crossroads in her life and feeling weary in her marriage. Like a lot of people, she’s struggling to sort out what’s the best choice when you feel like that. I think [the show is] about a lot of marriages that are great and hard and wonderful and mundane and banal and disappointing and heartbreaking and great. It’s just the portrait of a marriage. And it’s funny! We’re really excited. We’ve been working on it for four years. I’m producing it, and I’m really excited.
*The Strip Collection by Sarah Jessica Parker is available now on Couture.Zappos.com.