The job titles ‘president’ and ‘chief creative officer’ usually imply hefty wages, but that wasn’t the case when Sarah Jessica Parker acted as both for revived fashion label Halston Heritage from 2010 until 2011.
The Sex And The City actress has revealed that she “really did work for free” for the brand, and that the whole experience was less than enjoyable, admitting that “some cultures can’t be undone.”
“We’ve all worked with complicated people,” Parker tells the September issue of US Harper’s Bazaar . “…and I always think that I can disarm them. I love collaborating. I’m a great listener and learner, and I don’t think I know more than they do. I’m transparent.”
In the same interview, Parker gives a little more insight into her new shoes and accessories line SJP , which will launch in the US in February. So what can we expect? “plenty of low heels, and unusual colour combinations like navy and mocha.”
Grosgrain ribbon will also be a ‘motif’, something her business partner in the brand, Manolo Blahnik CEO George Malkemus, says hasn’t been used in shoe design for a long time and is nostalgic for Parker as it reminds her of picking out hair ribbons with her mother when she was young.
Malkemus also reveals that SJP has a rather un-Hollywood response to new shoes: “She picks them up and smells them.” Which, going by the amount of box-fresh heels she wore throughout her tenure as Carrie Bradshaw, means she must be a serial shoe sniffer.
Sarah Jessica Parker says her new SJP shoe line is ”so exciting” and reveals that she approached Manolo Blahnik CEO George Malkemus with the idea.
Sarah Jessica Parker says her new shoe line is ”so exciting”.
The ‘Sex and the City’ actress has teamed up with George Malkemus, the CEO of Manolo Blahnik – the luxury shoe brand her iconic Carrie Bradshaw character was known for loving – for the new SJP shoe range, and Sarah is thoroughly enjoying the creative process of designing her own footwear.
She gushed to Harper’s Bazaar magazine: ”The shoe business is so exciting because we don’t have to think of black and brown as the only neutrals anymore.”
The actress’ colourful shoe line will feature bold colours like navy and mocha, feminine shapes and low cut heels, according to the magazine.
Sarah, 48, also revealed that she was the one who approached George with the idea of launching her own shoe line after fielding offers from major designers for fashion collaborations.
George added: ”She has a fan base in the fashion world that’s extraordinary, and it’s truly because she’s such a nice person. Were it anyone but Sarah Jessica, I wouldn’t have done it.”
The actress previously had her own clothing range, Bitten, and worked for free as creative director of Halston, but says the experience didn’t go smoothly.
She explained: ”We’ve all worked with complicated people and I always think that I can disarm them. I love collaborating. I’m a great listener and learner, and I don’t think I know more than they do. I’m transparent.”
Sarah’s SJP shoe line – which will range in price from $250 to $450 – will be available in Nordstrom stores in the US from February 2014.
Source: Contact Music