There are certain things and certain people that we, as fashion lovers, will always associate with style. Coco Chanel will always be the revolutionary who freed women from corsets and gave us a more comfortable silhouette. Her quilted bag with a chain strap will always be iconic.
We will always take our hats off to the class and sophistication of Audrey Hepburn and our Little Black Dresses will always do their utmost to live up to hers.
We will always salute the longevity and versatility of supermodel Kate Moss; forty years old, a mum, and still in demand.
We will always consider Mario Testino the ultimate fashion photographer – shooting covers for Vogue and Vanity Fair and snapping everyone from Madonna to Margaret Thatcher. He helped to discover Kate Moss and alongside Tom Ford helped to revive the house of Gucci in the 1990s. He even shot Prince William and Kate’s engagement pictures.
And Sex and the City will always be as much about what the girls are wearing as the storyline. No TV show has ever had the power to credit a designer in the same way – even without being in the show. The Philip Treacy butterfly spectator hat and acid green Alexander McQueen dress worn by Sarah Jessica Parker at the Sex and the City 2 premier in London in 2010, really got tongues wagging and paps snapping.
We all know the Sex and City star’s character, Carrie Bradshaw, as a footwear fanatic, and I’ll always “ahhhh” at the image of the gorgeous Manolo Blahnik Cobalt Something Blue pumps she chooses for her wedding day.
But the time has come for something new. Yet another addition for the list. Brace yourselves: Sarah Jessica Parker has launched her own shoe collection for Nordstrom
People always warn you not to meet your heroes because you’ll only be disappointed and I think I felt a similar trepidation about one of our greatest style icons producing her own line. She was the one to wear the clothes not the one to design them…how easy can it be to cross that line? But she has not disappointed (the line was developed in conjunction with Manolo Blahnik CEO George Malkemus III, so I suppose how wrong could she really go?)
Sex and the City went off the air ten years ago, but that didn’t stop fans flocking to Nordstrom’s flagship store in Seattle for the launch this week.
“It was all about the single sole, and no platform, no heavy shoe,” Malkemus is reported to have said.
Parker has been approached by many designers about a shoe line over the years, but Malkemus was her dream and she was his.
After a year, the line was finished: 25 styles, all made in Italy, which start at $195 for the Billie suede flat and go to $485 for the Alison bootie. The line includes three handbags that cost from $245 to $375 and a “Manhattan” grosgrain-trim skirted trenchcoat in blue or beige.
Each shoe has a grosgrain ribbon up the back, a remembrance of the ribbons Parker used to wear in her hair as a child.
SJP named all the shoes for fashion icons, family members and friends.
Perhaps the most iconic is a T-strap heel called “Carrie,” which comes in black, but also purple and green.
By Olivia Parish