Sarah Jessica Parker in Oscar de la Renta (X2)

Posted on April 25, 2012

SJP loves her some OdlR.

 

Sarah Jessica Parker attends Gala Benefit For Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago in a Rochas dress and Oscar de la Renta coat.

A costume designer couldn’t come up with a more appropriate look for a Chicago hospital benefit. That coat is gorgeous. Perfectly set off by the jewelry. Hair and makeup look great.

Back home in New York, however…

Sarah Jessica Parker attends Carnegie Hall Medal Of Excellence Gala Honoring Bill Cunningham in NYC in vintage Oscar de la Renta.

It’s a great dress and it sets off her eyes, but the fact of the matter is, it just doesn’t fit her all that well. We’re not crazy about the idea of pairing it with a plain white cardigan, either. And that purse looks out of scale and too busy. Once again, though: hair and makeup look great.

[Photo Credit: Brad Barket, Jeff Schear/Getty Images]

    • Sobaika Mirza

      Not feeling the cardigan. A shawl or wrap would have been much more appropriate.

      • Little_Olive

        Isn’t that iridiscent strapless+cardigan THE look for prom circa 1997?

      • http://onebluetree.blogspot.com/ Sara L.

         I don’t know, doesn’t wrap kind of read “bridesmaid”?

      • librarygrrl64

        I would have liked it if it were embellished a bit, not so Banana Republic casual.

    • TAGinMO

      She looks fabulous in the Chicago ensemble, but does anyone else think it looks awfully heavy and out-of-season? To me, that one would’ve been WERQ-worthy…in January.

      Or is this just the 90-degree heat outside my office window talking?

      • moppet

         I was about to make the same comment, but instead I can just “like” yours. The coat is, indeed, fabulous. But in addition to looking out of season, it also seems like it is overwhelming her.

      • twocee

         It was pretty cold in Chicago when she was here.  While it’s nice and springy everywhere else, it’s been a cold and rainy April in the Windy City (punishing us for 80s in March I suppose).

      • Kit M

        It wouldn’t seem quite so out of season if you’d been here that day! Wet and surprisingly cold.

        Edit: Just saw someone already said as much! Sorry.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=49702581 Susan Bullard Mayer

        I’ve been to day games at Wrigley in July and had to bring a sweatshirt.  That lake does strange things to the weather in Chicago.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=816120314 Chason Dailey

      This just proves Chicago does great things to people.

    • amanda lynn

      Who is the guy that she’s with at the 2nd event?  He looks like “Clark Rockefeller” to me.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christian_Gerhartsreiter

    • NDC_IPCentral

      Only thing I can say in favor of my kissin’ cousin and the cardigan that she’s wearing is that it was, compared to the recent few weeks, uncharacteristically cold yesterday and the day before, so… cardi for warmth?  I’m going to assume that the wrinkles in the lower lap of the dress came from hiking the skirt up and maybe the vicissitudes of transportation to the event.

    • schadenfreudelicious

      the cardigan takes it from sophisticated to sloppy, love that steel blue colour on her however….

    • Lina_bee

      I LOVE the coat, but not with a ballgown. The scale is all wrong. Meanwhile, the second one doesn’t work for me at all. It doesn’t fit and none of the accessories work. I’m fine with wild mixing and matching of pieces, but scale and fit are essential.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jessica-TallGirl-Freeman/1043623567 Jessica TallGirl Freeman

        The coat is a gown in itself in some ways, it’s just that amazing.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jessica-TallGirl-Freeman/1043623567 Jessica TallGirl Freeman

        The coat is a gown in itself in some ways, it’s just that amazing.

        • Lina_bee

           Oh, definitely. It would rock as a coatdress, as I’m sure it’s meant to.  I love the look of interesting, full-skirted trenches.

      • alyce1213

        I also love this coat, but disagree about the scale. This coat is flair and light enough to accompany a black ball gown, and the proportion is correct — long but not too long, about 2/3 down. Any coat with a slimmer silhouette would be wrong and a long full coat would swallow everything up.

        • Lina_bee

          Something about the shape of the coat’s skirt and the shape of the gown’s skirt are clashing for me. The length is fine…it’s just something about the structure, maybe? *peers at it sideways*

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3DWDLRZCK3MZICZKYJDR55MC4Y soren

        Yes.  ‘Your coat should be at least as long as your dress’ is the rule I learned.  Difficult for people who only have one or two coats, but SJP should be able to manage it.

        • Lina_bee

           Actually, I think coats over ballgowns CAN work quite well, just not these particular two.

        • Kayceed

          Yes, the longer skirt looks awkward under a 3/4 coat. 

      • roadtrip1000

        I agree. That long, full skirt with its flat coloring seems to sap the jacket of all it’s energy. I’m also not so crazy about her wearing long hair with it. It seems to take away from the coat’s angular silhouette and general sophistication. The second outfit is instantly forgettable.

      • kimmeister

        I’m with you on the coat – a mid-length coat over a floor-length gown just doesn’t work.

    • jw_ny

      The coat is fab in the 1st look.  I hope she left it on because I fear what lies beneath.  Necklace is perfect accessory.

      2nd look…I won’t rave about the dress nor criticize the cardigan…but the big bag is an odd choice for her attire and the event.

      Hair and makeup in each are very pretty, although I’m not a fan of pulling it all forward like she did in the 1st pic.

      • TAGinMO

         “I hope she left it on because I fear what lies beneath.”

        THIS.

    • YAELS

      I think she agrees with TLo too. Her face and WERQ-i-ness are so much more apparent in the first event. For the second event she looks a little embarrassed about what we showed up in. I’ve been there SJP. It’s the worst when you realize you look like a mess after you get to the event. You are a much much more expensive mess, but still.

      • http://www.GiftedCollector.com Nancy Abrams

        Her eye make up in Chicago is soft and lovely. If only she’d wear it like that all the time.

    • janetjb

      The colors are good for her and her hair/makeup are looking terrific.

    • janetjb

      The colors are good for her and her hair/makeup are looking terrific.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jessica-TallGirl-Freeman/1043623567 Jessica TallGirl Freeman

      She looks amazing and well dressed for her age in that coat.  But, that second dress reminds me of the trend at my prom in 1999 with the fabrics that kind of changed colors in different lights, and the dresses pretty much were the same shape.  A bit tacky with the cardigan too.  Not to mention I believe she is actually stepping ON her dress in the first picture.  

      • A. W.

        Agree. The second dress looks like an ugly, ill-fitting… and even worse, CHEAP… prom dress.

      • ballerinawithagun

        A late comment…Yes, she is stepping on the dress, she could fall down the stairs at any moment! 

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jessica-TallGirl-Freeman/1043623567 Jessica TallGirl Freeman

      She looks amazing and well dressed for her age in that coat.  But, that second dress reminds me of the trend at my prom in 1999 with the fabrics that kind of changed colors in different lights, and the dresses pretty much were the same shape.  A bit tacky with the cardigan too.  Not to mention I believe she is actually stepping ON her dress in the first picture.  

    • alyce1213

      I’ve done it myself — throw my classic, what I believe to be almost invisible, 3/4-sleeve ivory cashmere cardigan over a dressy dress, but not one this formal. I can sort of forgive her for it – sometimes it’s chilly and you just don’t want to schlep a shawl, but she should have taken it off for photos.
      I find the bag a much greater offense.  

      I so covet the OdL coat.

    • alyce1213

      I’ve done it myself — throw my classic, what I believe to be almost invisible, 3/4-sleeve ivory cashmere cardigan over a dressy dress, but not one this formal. I can sort of forgive her for it – sometimes it’s chilly and you just don’t want to schlep a shawl, but she should have taken it off for photos.
      I find the bag a much greater offense.  

      I so covet the OdL coat.

    • francesk

      I know I’m going to sound like my mother here, but … the vintage de la Renta is all wrinkled. Couldn’t somebody have had it steamed before they sent it over to her. That plus the cardigan make a lovely gown look like last year’s prom dress.

    • francesk

      I know I’m going to sound like my mother here, but … the vintage de la Renta is all wrinkled. Couldn’t somebody have had it steamed before they sent it over to her. That plus the cardigan make a lovely gown look like last year’s prom dress.

    • beebee10

      Wow, she looks great! Love that coat and those buttons!
      Is it fair to photograph her tripping on her dress going up the stairs or getting smushed at intermission? I don’t think so. I suspect that dress looks great when she’s posing for it. And I bet she’d ditch the practical sweater too for the RC shot. Just saying. 

    • TieDye64

      That coat…it’s got me all twitterpated! Gorgeous.

      The dress is wrinkled and sad. 

    • sockandaphone

      that cardigan looks too casual. like I literally have the same cardigan i bought at a jcpenney. 

    • http://twitter.com/#!/Space_Kitty Space Kitty

      That first look is flawless.  The second isn’t ideal, but her hair and makeup are amazing and she’s not veering into Way Too Much territory so – YAY, SJP!

    • http://www.thatwasdramatic.tumblr.com/ Anya

      I love the first look SO much, which is why I’m ignoring the second.

    • Cathy S

      That first look is fabulous. The cardigan’s terrible with that gown, which I’m not liking anyway.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/W7A5N4G7FDTV5U2KOHBVSB55XI Basket

      Time to lop the tresses off. 

      • KaileeM

         I agree. Even though her hair is her “thing”, I think she would look even more chic with even a slightly shorter cut.

        • 3rdsister

          with some shape to it.

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6RS6NLL44AED3E4QWIYTDQGU6I Psy_Chick

            Completely. If she could get a bob, but manage to not look like a soccer mom, she would look amazing.

        • http://twitter.com/Lola99959 Veronika Kaufmann

           absolutely. The long hair makes her face look even longer. Remember when she got her hair cut at the begin of one of the later seasons of SATC? Suited her.

      • http://phantomminuet.blogspot.com/ MinAgain

        Oh, good.  I thought I was the only one who wishes that she’d do something with all that hair.

    • SapphoPoet

      I love that coat in the first set pictures. I think she should have worn the coat as a dress. 

      The cardigan looks very sloppy, although I love the color of the dress on her. I think she looks really tired, however, so perhaps that’s how the cardigan slipped into the mix. 

      Lovely hair and makeup all round; glad she’s going for a softer look these days. 

    • http://twitter.com/ParrotTalkBack Ana R.

      First thing that comes to my mind is “Sad little boob dress”

    • TheOriginalLulu

      I don’t know guys, I don’t like her hair. I think it’s just too long and tired and it’s definitely time for a change. Like Jennifer Aniston, this woman is stuck in a hair rut. On the plus side, it does look shiny and conditioned.
      I love the Oscar coat, but that blue dress is a wrinkled mess. It’s pretty, but you’re right; it doesn’t fit her well.

      • MilaXX

         eh, I don’t mind the hair as long as it’s healthy looking, which it is for a change. I just think a center part is not that flattering for her face shape.

    • http://www.facebook.com/samuel.j.donovan Samuel Joesph Donovan

      My goodness, it’s so nice to see a woman AGING for once.

    • Judy_S

      I like both looks, but with the qualification that the dress is too big and too long–I also see her tromping her own hem as she clomps up the stairs.

      • BerlinerNYC

        It’s not easy for her. She’s a tiny little thing. I had drinks several years ago with Pat Fields’s assistant from SatC, and he explained how the fashion influenced the shooting. Remember that scene in the last season where she fell asleep on the bed in Paris in that insane feathered gown while waiting for Aleksandr? And how perfect she looked? She was on the bed because there is no way she could have walked in that gown, given how long it was, and you can’t just hem feathers. So they arranged it perfectly around her and had her on the bed, stationary.

    • granddelusion

      The first one is the first time in ages that I’ve liked the way she looks. (Hair ends could use trimming, but that’s all I can find wrong with it.) “Back home in New York” she looks like a bag lady who made a lucky find in the dumpster. And not loving the hair (but what can I expect from a bag lady stylist?)

    • lilibetp

      I love the coat, but not over the long black dress.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6RS6NLL44AED3E4QWIYTDQGU6I Psy_Chick

        The long dress underneath looks like a dust ruffle.

    • MilaXX

      She looks like she rushed from one event to the other. The second dress is nice even though it’s a bit wrinkled, however the accessories are all wrong. A vintage cardi may have worked with the dress, but the purse is too daytime.

    • Dan_In_NYC

      Coat=Fab, Blue Dress=Bridesmaid

      • AthenaJ

        I wish my two bridesmaid’s dresses looked like that! Both were ‘classic’ bridesmaid’s dress colors – wine and lilac, floor length (and made with highly flammable material I’m sure) David’s Bridal picks. Give me bridesmaidy Oscar de la Renta anytime!

    • Terence Ng

      I like both looks. Cute, and kind of her for the last one. <3

    • Susan Crawford

      The Chicago appearance was poetry! SJP has rarely looked lovlier. That coat is AH-MAZ-ING, isn’t it? Fits her like a glove, gorgeous texture and detailing. Just exquisite Oscar artistry. But on her home turf, she flamed out. I love the vintage dress, but it needed to be fitted better on her tiny frame. She seemed overwhelmed by it. Hated the white cardi, which was not a good contrast to the dress color, and actually looked sort of dingy.

      The bag was just all kinds of wrong: too big; too busy; too sporty. A small clutch in an emphatic color or a jeweled minaudiere would have been great.

      BTW, T and Lo, how did you like Hamish Bowles’s attire? I just adore his whimsical nods to Beau Brummel et al.

    • nannypoo

      I disagree about the hair. It’s a mess and it’s way too big for her little face and body.

      • MaryMitch

        I agree – she needs to rethink her hair style. But I’m glad she’s moving away from the raccoon eyes (although she could still back off a bit IMO).

    • bellafigura1

      The coat is sensational, but I don’t like the bell bottom of the dress below.  I’d like to see that coat with nothing popping out underneath OR a straight, narrow column dress.  And the second look just screams LAY. ZEE. to me.  SJP lugging a day bag in vintage Oscar?  Lazy choice.

    • http://frockpaperscissors.blogspot.com/ kvlm

      the first look is PERFECTION.

    • AthenaJ

      Why does Carrie look so sad? Is it because she found out Mr Big is getting married to a 20-something?

      http://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-news/pictures/whos-getting-married-next-20092210/4780

      Sorry, but as an avid SATC fan, I couldn’t pass this one up :) If anyone is wondering what the hell I’m talking about, they can go back to season 3 to get the reference.

    • BrooklynBomber

      Damn. Must have that coat.

    • 3rdsister

      There is nothing special about her hair.  To me, it looks like she put zero effort into any sort of style.  I am so tired of the center part flop.

    • EEKstl

      That coat is…well, I just must have it in my closet now.

    • StillGary

      Looking good, Sarah J!

    • marilyn

      1.  I CAN’T BELIEVE HOW SMALL HER WAIST IS!!!
      2.  The coat is great, as long as it is okay to wear a short coat over a long dress as she did.  I am not sure what is allowed with the high-end charitable function crowd.
      3.  Like everyone else, I don’t like the sweater with the dress.  I don’t care if the dress doesn’t fit well, since it is vintaage and she is trying to not mutliate it.  The color is gorgeous and looks great on her.  The cheesy little sweater, however, is another story.  It is daytime, and off the rack looking. As everyone else is saying, she needed something else to keep her arms warm. 
       

    • mom2ab

      The bridesmaids for my 1988 wedding wore this exact color, fabric, style (with an off the shoulder ruffle)- only difference was their hair was a little bigger. 

    • RedRaven617

      1st photo of 2nd dress… did anyone notice she is stepping on her own hem? I guess she didn’t tumble. 

    • LJoRey

      She was at a gala honoring Bill Cunningham? Oh, I adore him. 

    • Snailstsichr

      I hope she wears the shade of blue in the vintage dress again, though. She was made to wear that color; it is divine on her.

    • http://twitter.com/MandySCG MandyJane

      That coat is beautiful. 

    • http://www.wordydoodles.com WordyDoodles

      I think this ombre hair look is hard to do well (at least from the attempts I’ve seen), but I think she achieves it beautifully here. Hair and makeup are glowing.

    • unbornfawn

      The first look is sharp and sophisticated. The second look is sloppy and she looks over-the-hill.

    • butterflysunita

      Just have to say that I love, love, love that coat.  

    • Carla_Charlton

      Don’t like the bustline fit of the second dress. I also think the hair’s center part is not doing her any favors.

    • TheOtherChristina

      I don’t love her hair in the first one, but that look is magnificent in all other ways. And the second look is an “almost” for me — as others have said, that color is perfect for her and weirdly enough I think she is making that cardigan work. I do wish it fit her better, but I guess there’s no tailoring borrowed vintage.

    • 3boysful

      REALLY??  You liked the hair in no. 1?  It’s 1977 Farrah Fawcett gone awry to me.

      Do love the color of the vintage number.

    • Corsetmaker

      What does that woman carry with her that she so often takes large handbags to functions! And, it’s time the hair was shortened.

      Love the first look. The second… well it’s vintage and you can’t alter taffeta without it being permanent. Just how vintage I wonder, as it looks like it was meant for very different undergarments, or it’s had an inner corselette that’s been removed. Great colour though, and I don’t mind the cardi, it’s the bag that bugs me more.

    • another_laura

      Super loving that OdlR coat !

    • guest2visits

      Love-love her coat, love the gown, even the little sweater. Just want her to change the calico-hair coloring. Pick a shade.
      Blonde, brown, both?  Fine. Just not bottom-half, top-half coloring.

    • Sophie Collier

      The first outfit marks the first time I’ve ever thought “Wow, SJP looks great!”  That is such a good style on her and her skin looks healthy and clean and her hair– fabulous.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6RS6NLL44AED3E4QWIYTDQGU6I Psy_Chick

      I disagree about the makeup, just because I think she’s still overdoing it with the eyeliner. It makes her look “witchy”. (No offense to witches. Some of my best friends are witches.) I think she needs to try just doing the upper lid. She would look much better with a cleaner face. And I agree with everyone who has said it’s time for a haircut. She would look amazing in a structured bob.

    • Caroline Harper

      so, nobody will believe me, but i was at the NY event and in person, she looked stunning. she dumped the cardigan for the dinner and her speech. the dress really fit her well and she looked great. much less horse-face IRL. p.s. i danced with hamish bowles, dude in the cape, what a trip. thanks for letting me brag.

      • http://twitter.com/yankeefoxtrot Alex McGeagh

        That’s pretty freakin’ awesome. I think you’re entitled to brag a bit (or a lot!) :) 

      • http://twitter.com/yankeefoxtrot Alex McGeagh

        That’s pretty freakin’ awesome. I think you’re entitled to brag a bit (or a lot!) :) 

      • formerlyAnon

        Thanks for the report. The photos are all we can discuss, but I do sometimes wonder how well they track with reality.

    • Geoff Dankert

      Yes, but what about Hamish Bowles’ jacket with EMBROIDERED BUTTERFLIES?? 

      • http://vhanna26.typepad.com Vera

        That jacket rocks. Love the pink shawl too.

    • quiltrx

      LOVE that coat.

    • ChristySchiff

      I don’t know, I saw other photos of her on the street in the cardigan, and I thought it looked terrific.  In those photos, it looked more like a shrug (or more “shrug-like”) and it really seemed to work.

    • http://asskickingadviser.com/ Ass Kicking Adviser

      Unfortunately the sheen of that vintage de la Renta just looks dated now. Reminds me of every bad taffeta prom dress from the eighties. And as you said, it really doesn’t fit that well. Makes me wonder if the cardigan was to cover gaping under her arms. With you about the coat in the first pic – amazing!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Katherine-Lavender/553350310 Katherine Lavender

      Agree on the splendiferousness of that coat. Disagree on the redeeming features of that dress. The whole thing is a shiny, sloppy, crumpled, tacky mess that looks as though it came from a discount prom website.

    • tsid2012

      Lurve the coat!  I disagree about the second look, I love the simple white cardigan witht he shiny taffeta dress.  I saw other photos and thought it loked terrific and the dress looked better too.  These photos of her walking up a stair, ect seem to be just the worst photos of the night.  She actually looked really good.

    • http://twitter.com/Lily1129 Lily

      Pretty sure I found that iridescent dress in my mom’s bridesmaid dress closet about 5 years ago.

    • MissAnnieRN

      meh.  I’m so over ombre hair and it’s all I see.  Like when you put up a picture of someone wearing some item of clothing with a peplum and my eyes start to twitch and I turn on my caps lock and scream PEPLUMZZZZZZZ!!!!!!!!1111111one.

      But yeah, coat is gorgeous.  Would love to see it on Cathy Cambridge.

    • leftcoastpickle

      I love the cardigan, she looks as though she just threw on her old oscar de la renta and ran out to this event, and I can appreciate the half-assedness of that.  The coat in the first shot is divine.

    • http://twitter.com/yankeefoxtrot Alex McGeagh

      Say what you will about SJP’s unconventional looks. But you know, she always looks so genuine, happy and cheerful (especially in that first shot, but she often looks this way) and it goes a long-ass way to selling whatever it is she’s wearing. 

      I have no idea if it’s all a well-crafted act and she’s just faking it really well. But it confirms the best thing to wear is confidence and a smile…

    • Lisa

      LOVE LOVE LOVE the Chicago outfit.  

      The NY outfit is fine, but the bottom is wrinkled, so she really needed to have that steamed before she put it on.  And it’s just not as fabulous as the Chicago outfit, but it’s not totally bad.

    • http://twitter.com/Lola99959 Veronika Kaufmann

      the simple cardigan is definitely a remnant of SATC days. If the hair and make up weren’t so frumpy and awful, it would work. And what is with the faux tan? She looks tired and tired again. 

    • formerlyAnon

      I would trade my car for that first coat. Well, I would if the bus ran more frequently and stopped closer to more of the places I frequent.