With all the fashion buzz surrounding the Sex and the City premiere and its starlettes, it came as quite the surprise to learn that the heart-shaped, strapless, silver pleated Nina Ricci dress Parker wore to the New York City premiere of her film, had already been worn on a red-carpet. The dress was worn, just a few weeks ago, by Lauren (Davis) Santo Domingo as she accompanied Nina Ricci designer Olivier Theyskens at the Met gala on May 5th.
Talk about a major PR mistake! As someone who has a great deal of her reputation built on being in the fashion-know, Parker remarked that her “affection for the dress hasn’t changed, but what they did was so short-sighted. It’s just unethical and disappointing that they would allow the dress to be worn again.”
Parker rightfully felt deceived by both Theyskens and the President of Puig Group (which owns Nina Ricci), Mario Grauso, as they both assured her that the dress had never been worn other than at magazine shoots. For his part, Grauso incredulously remarked that when Parker and her stylist asked if the dress had been photographed, he had no reason to mention socialite Santo Domingo, saying, “is Lauren a celebrity? It depends on how you look at it.”