To be honest, we can’t believe it hasn’t happened sooner. But the big news in the fashion world today is that 15 years since HBO first aired Sex and the City, Sarah Jessica Parker, famous for her footwear loving character Carrie, is finally launching her own shoe collection.
But unlike a number of other celebrity-headed clothing and accessories lines, there is serious substance behind the ‘SJP’ label.
Not only is the actress a one-time chief creative officer at Halston, she is launching her collection with the aid of George Malkemus, the CEO of Manolo Blahnik (well, if the shoe fits!).
She told US Vogue, “Because I got to play that role, I wore a lot of shoes, and by default I learned an enormous amount. It’s hard to – no pun intended – walk away from that.”
Taking inspiration from footwear greats, Charles Jourdan and Maud Frizon, SJP aims to bring “something different” to the market, across shape, colour and price. And it won’t just be shoes that Parker is producing, she’s also extending her brand into other accessories and a handful of trenches.
“In a silly way, I think it’s what people have expected of me most because of Carrie Bradshaw,” she said. “We’re putting new colours together that people don’t typically do, just beautiful combinations that you wish existed in your closet. And in terms of bags, thinking about that period of the Seventies into the Eighties, what those women were carrying, taking away the bells and the whistles and hardware and really making it about the bag.”