SJP/Carrie Bradshaw fans rejoice! SJP will be launching her own shoe line collection! As one might imagine, news like this has set the fashion world ablaze with excitement and intrigue, as well as eliciting the obvious sigh of relief, as this is a venture that fans of her label-loving character Carrie Bradshaw have been long awaiting for. Who can forget Carrie’s enthusiastic appreciation for high-end footwear, especially Manolo Blahnik?
Oh, Mary! Carrie Bradshaw gasps when seeing Manolo Blahnik Mary Janes in the Vogue closet: “I thought these were an urban shoe myth!”
For many shoe-obsessed women, the on-camera romance between Carrie and her many pairs of Manolos was just as fascinating as her relationship with Big. And despite the popular TV show coming to an end in 2004, the real-life narrative between Sarah Jessica and Manolo appears to be just beginning. The style icon is designing her collection of shoes, handbags and trench coats in association with George Malkemus, president of Manolo Blahnik USA.
For many designers, creating fashion is not a choice like other career paths; it’s a calling. But for Parker, it’s more of an honor. “I thought about launching my own line for a long time,” she says. “It just feels like an enormous privilege to be doing it now with George and with Nordstrom, which is really my dream retailer.”
With her dream-team-match-made-in-heaven collaboration with both Malkemus and Nordstrom, the four-time Golden Globe-winning actress was asked what she hopes to bring to the market in terms of craftsmanship and innovation. She believes that the question of having a competitive edge will come down to the actual shoe production.
“We’re really thrilled to be producing our shoes in Italy, which sets us apart from a lot of other brands that have abandoned the market because of pricing,” she adds. “…we saw value in producing in Italy, alongside other top shoe manufacturers in Europe.”
What the heck took so long, right? “I’ve been thinking of doing this for years but never found the right fit,” says the actress turned shoe designer. “Everything needed to align, from quality to price point.”
Parker is carefully examining the comfort, fit and quality of each shoe. “I want customers to be delighted with how the shoe is presented, how much care we’ve taken, the unique color combinations and even the shape of the heel. Ultimately, I’m striving to produce a shoe they haven’t yet seen on the market.”
Here’s a sneak peak at SJP’s new shoe line (over 30 styles) coming next month with estimated prices to range from $200 to $450. All shoes will be available on nordstrom.com on February 28. Feast your eyes on these 6 gorgeous SJP heels, boots and flats, right this way!
The Lady: “This shoe is polite and old-fashioned. It suits a wide range of women with its simple silhouette.”
With classic shapes perfect for work, and modern details (the ribbon on the heel is a nod to those her mom tied in her hair when she was little), the line—SJP, sold exclusively at Nordstrom—makes good on her Sex and the City character’s belovedly quirky style.
The Etta: “This one is for short ladies like me! I made the T-strap lower to lengthen the leg.”
Parker even credits Carrie Bradshaw as her muse: “I’m privileged that I played her,” she says. “I was exposed to so many beautiful shoes and to how they’re made. That role really cemented my love.”
The Carrie: “Carrie is obviously one of my favorite people, and this is an ode to her. It’s a strong shoe that can be worn for day and night.”
So: canvas flats, strappy four-inchers, sexy lace-up boots—what do they have in common? Their versatility. “I’m allergic to the idea that certain shoes are for certain occasions,” says Parker.
The Billie: “I imagine every woman in these. They’re comfy and chic, especially with the low-cut front.”
“Or that neutrals can only be black or brown. It’s too limiting. And as [SATC’s costume designer] Pat Field taught me, toss out any rules. I sure did.”
“The Alison: This is for the girl who doesn’t want to wear a traditional ladylike heel but wants a bit of height.”
“The Pola and the Silvia: was named for the great Polish stage and film actress Pola Negri,” she explains. “Crazy beautiful.”
Great Lines from Sex and the City: “The fact is, sometimes it’s really hard to walk in a single woman’s shoes. That’s why we need really special ones now and then, to make the walk a little more fun.”—Carrie Bradshaw
Talk about life imitating art. Sarah Jessica Parker, who famously spent years playing a shoe aficionado in Sex and the City, it was only a matter of time before SJP launched a shoe line brand of her own. The fashions and viewpoint that Parker expressed through the character of Carrie Bradshaw still resonate with so many women that the interest in the line is already undeniable and her designs are sure to spark meaningful dialogue for many months to come.
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What do you think of SJP’s shoe line? Do you ~heart~ any of these shoes?