Sarah Jessica Parker has finally unveiled her debut shoe collection in full for the first time. the range will be sold in in Nordstrom stores exclusively from February 28th (available to order for UK customers online at Nordstrom.com) The Sex and the City star first announced she was launching her own line in June last year, choosing to collaborate with George Malkemus, CEO of Manolo Blahnik – the label that, as Carrie Bradshaw, she helped put firmly on the fashion map.
The line is simply titled SJP and styles range from elegant T-bars and metallic stilettos to suede flip-flops and espadrille wedges. We won’t see 5inch stilettoes as she decided to keep it a little more practical saying: ‘These heels are high, but not like you’re on stilts’ and added: ‘There’s nothing sexy about not being able to walk.’ SJP also explained that she didn’t want to skimp on quality and found the right factory in Italy that would ensure great craftsmanship but at a lower price point. ‘I really wanted to bring back the single sole. I wanted to go back in time and be the 11-year-old that was looking in the window at Charles Jourdan and Maud Frizon and recall those great, gorgeous colours and the way people made shoes without thinking about anyone else, just doing what excites them. I’ve taken inspiration from things in my life such as the grosgrain ribbons I tied in my hair as a girl, to the flower accents from the Sex and the City wardrobe, to references to classic styles from the late Seventies and early Eighties,” said Parker.
“I’ve spent so much time in shoes now. I really feel like I [have] an advantage…I never took them off, but I wasn’t in pain. I had been a ballet dancer so I don’t know, maybe I prepped my feet with pointe shoes.”
She also reveals that playing Carrie on Sex And The City cemented her love for shoes so it’s hardly surprising that the character has inspired her designs. One of the pairs in her new collection is nude with a T-strap heel and is named the Carrie, in honor of her TV character.