Sarah Jessica Parker for Harper’s Bazaar Magazine

Posted on August 07, 2013

SJ can still work a magazine cover like few of her peers.


Sarah Jessica Parker covers the September 2013 issue of Harper’s Bazaar magazine photographed by Terry Richardson and styled by Andrew Richardson.

On her marriage to Matthew Broderick: “Matthew and I come from a different time and place. When we were young people, all we ever wanted was to be good working actors. We didn’t think of fame or money because, honestly, money was never part of the dream. It was to work in theater, to be around those people whose work I was in total awe of. I never saw the trappings; nobody talked about being a celebrity. So when our marriage came up in conversation, it wouldn’t occur to us that we were obligated to respond to allegations or gossip. You have to be a bit circumspect, but you also have to take up a position, and you have to stick to it. I love Matthew Broderick. Call me crazy, but I love him. We can only be in the marriage we are. We’re very devoted to our family and our lives. I love our life. I love that he’s the father of my children, and it’s because of him that there’s this whole other world that I love.”

That’s lovely, dear. Truly. But we want to talk about what you’re wearing.


Marc Jacobs Fall 2013 Collection/Model: Steffi Soede


Y’all best STEP THE FUCK OFF, J Lo, Chloe, Olivia, and Nina, a LADY is WERQing here.


Gucci Fall 2013 Collection/Model: Anja Rubik


It’s such a ridiculous dress (in all its versions; this one’s the long one) that we suppose half the editors and stylists out there just can’t help themselves. “Maybe,” they say to themselves wistfully, in the quiet moments of the day, “Maybe this next starlet will work the Gucci winged fish dress like no one else has.”

We’d say SJP takes the prize. For now. You just know you’re going to see this dress in a half-dozen other editorials before the season’s up.


[Photo Credit: Terry Richardson for Harper’s Bazaar,]

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  • Shawn EH

    Wait … what? SJP wins the Dodo Bird dress? How did she do that, the sly minx!

    • VioletFem

      Yeah, I think this dress (both short and long) clearly belongs to JLo

  • Emily Giovanni


    • DilettanteDeconstructed

      I stand by my initial theory that Gucci is trolling everyone.

      • Darva Sutra

        Yes!! I love it, or the idea that the fashion editors/stylists are having some type of dodo dress trolling contest amongst themselves. EVERYONE needs to wear this dress immediately, free dodos for all! hahaha

      • NC_Meg

        It would be so fun to be a huge designer. “This is super fug.” “Should we scrap it?” “No. Let’s see how many people we can trick into wearing it.”

    • Lucía Gavello

      It looks like her nether regions are being guarded by a pair of mystical peacocks. GOD I hate this dress.

    • Stuck_on_Mute

      I want to know how we went from Louis Vuitton big checks as the editorial dress(es) of the year to this

      • marlie

        I’ll take the LV dresses over this any day.

  • Amy909

    I think everyone else took that dress too seriously, as in ohhh I’m wearing some serious artsy gucci dress so i have to look moody. instead SJP is laughing and basically saying “yup, I’m wearing a crazy ass dodo bird dress…whatevs!”

    • HomeOfficeGirl

      Yep. Everything is placed exactly right where it needs to be to make that dress work and she’s got the perfect attitude to boot! She moves one damn inch and the whole thing is going to go to hell.

    • Fordzo


  • annabelle archer

    ” We can only be in the marriage we are. We’re very devoted to our family and our lives. I love our life. I love that he’s the father of my children, and it’s because of him that there’s this whole other world that I love.”

    I adore that answer. It rings of truth and that’s rare when celebs talk about their marriages.

    Sure, she’s winning the World’s Dumbest Dress category, but how sweet of a victory is that really?

    • demidaemon

      It’ll be sweet enough for me if it scares all the other editors out there into purging it from their racks.

      • annabelle archer

        and now Kate Upton is in the gold version (elle). i shit you not. gotta be an editors joke.

        • marlie

          There’s another version of this abomination?! WTF?!

  • Diego!

    Double WERQ indeed! Congrats SJ!!! She looks terrific in both pics!

  • ashtangajunkie

    She’s my favourite! She is KILLING that Marc Jacobs and wins the Gucci Dodo Dress competition by a landslide.

    • MilaXX

      Gucci Dodo dress is the perfect name for it.

  • JesusChristSuperstrain

    Bitter Kittens, if I promise to hunt down that wretched dress and light it on fire, would the BK’s be willing to have fundraisers for my bail and defense?

    • Jennifer Peters-Ahnberg

      Yes. I’ll also go on TV and give tearful interviews defending your actions and pointing out that what was done was done for the greater good.

    • flamingoNW


    • demidaemon

      Please see my post below. Your payment shall be with Bitter Kitten tears of happiness and confetti. Perhaps also TLo’s book.

  • RussellH88

    I can’t help but feel that that dress was designed to Punk celebrities doing photo spreads.

  • Rhonda Shore

    It would be a ten without the eyeliner…

    • annabelle archer

      “You can have my black eyeliner when you pry it out of my cold, dead hands.” – sjp

      • Rhonda Shore

        but why????????

        • MarTeaNi

          What do her eyelashes look like without it? My aunt is blonde and even at 50+ she puts on the liner and mascara like SJP because without them they’re soooo light. She overcompensates.

          • Rhonda Shore

            she could use a brown or taupe instead of black…

          • mlle

            Or even just apply with a lighter hand.

          • Constant Reader

            The heavy eyeliner always makes her look like she’s squinting. Or crazy. Neither is a good look, and both are a shame since she is a very pretty woman with gorgeous blue eyes.

      • marlie

        She is the poster child for “squinty eye syndrome.” And what no one realizes is that there IS a cure for that.

  • Ann VerWiebe

    I think SJP is able to werq these crazy dresses because she just really understands – and enjoys – wearing clothes. She wants to show them off! So many mini starlets revert to sweat pants and UGGs – which is to wearing clothes what a Subway sandwich is to a lovely sit-down meal.

  • Laurie Landry

    Damn SJP are you ever going to get middle aged, dumpy looking?
    You look freaking awesome in both of these dresses.

  • oatmealpie

    She is modeling H2T, as Tyra would say.

  • Nonmercisansfacon

    This dress is horrible. Even a mermaid would chose to burn it! The way it attracts unwanted attention to SJP’s crotch area is just… blurgh.

    • drdarke

      I – kind of like that dress, actually, and what the women who are wearing it for editorials pose for it, and what that says about their personal senses of style.

      SJP wins because she wears it like Mae West in her prime – all brass and flash, knowing it’s ridiculous and loving every second of it. I don’t usually like her very much as a “style icon”, but that shot shows me why she’s still considered one – she’s owns the fashions she wears, in a way most women (even actresses and models) don’t.

      Nina Dubrov succeeds because she gets the whole “primitive sexuality” aspect, and plays to it.

      Chloe Moertz? Oh, is that problematic! She really sells the sensuality of that dress – which is not what you want somebody the age of your youngest niece to be doing, dammit! When I find myself screaming “WAIT UNTIL YOU’RE OLDER, YOUNG LADY!” back at the screen? It clearly had an effect – but I don’t think that’s the effect anybody on that shoot wanted.

      JLo’s “Drag Ava Gardner” bit? Naah – it reeks of a desperation to be taken as a Golden Age Screen Goddess….

      • marlie

        This is a perfect assessment. The only difference is that I think that Chloe Moretz is a little too young and “innocent” to even try to pull this dress off and represent any aspect of it. But otherwise, spot on.

  • another_laura

    “We can only be in the marriage we are.” – Please tell me that’s a typo!

    That Gucci dress, in all its incarnations, must be taken out and shot. Period.

    • In_Stitches

      It already was. They should have left the damn bird live.

  • MilaXX

    Wow! SLP just dethroned JLo. She out diva’d a diva!

    • decormaven

      Diva Down!

  • Glam Dixie

    SJP is a clothes horse of pretty epic proportions so I’m not surprised that she is rocking the shit out of that ugly Gucci dress. You go girl.

  • Michelle Young

    But doesn’t she look better in it than the model?

  • bertkeeter

    Is that a “real” fox on the Marc Jacobs runway? If so…disgusting!

  • In_Stitches

    I just love her giant smile. That’s what’s selling it for me.

  • quiltrx

    I’m telling you, that dress is some sort of in-joke competition among fashion photogs.
    And I have to say that this ugly long version is better than the super-ugly short version everyone’s been trying.

  • VioletFem

    So sick and tired of the Gucci dress. But I disagree, I think that JLo looked the best in this dress (despite the fact that I find it kind the dress itself overrated)

  • Loola234

    How is the hair getting a pass?

  • Terri Smith

    We need to make some kind of Gucci Fall 2013 Collection drinking game. What would the rules be? Go!

    • decormaven

      That’s a drunk just waiting to happen! That dress defies explanation- why it’s here, why it’s being worn, WHY?

  • Trisha26

    Don’t get her…regardless of garment.

  • Imasewsure

    That ridiculous dress actually looks fun on her and it’s part CB and part SJP… well shut my BK mouth… it’s a fun party thing on her… NOW can we burn it?

  • Tatiana Luján

    I had not noticed that the dodo bird dress was ugly AND vulgar.

    • Heather

      Yes. Is this the only version that has a cooch-window?

  • nannypoo

    I would like a chance to wear that fucking dress. It is so ridiculous that I want to try it for myself. She looks good here, and I hope her comments are sincere because she sounds like someone I would want to know.

  • conniemd

    Color me crazy, but SJP is showing her good china in this outfit as there is a definite gap in the covering of the feathers in that area.

    • jackie cohen

      “showing her good china”
      I love that and I am so gonna steal it!!

  •!/Space_Kitty Space Kitty

    I really want to give this one to her because she looks great and happy and really is wearing that dress the way no one else has – but the illusion of crotch shot really takes away from the look.

  • clairellis

    I’ve loved her for so long and she is WERQing the shit out of the Gucci dress. She’s just stunning.

  • unbornfawn

    This is Phd level dressing. The rest of those ladies have been served! Show them how its done. And she makes it look easy.

  • Anniebet

    The Dread Ostrich Dress by Gucci. Kinda the garment equivalent of those ubiquitous Jimmy Choo sandals. At least the shoes are cute. This dress gives me hives. SJP is stellar here anyway.

    • marlie

      The hives are from the feathers, no?

      • Anniebet

        Oh yeah. Sneezes too.

  • Cameron Turner

    Of course SJP wins on the Gucci dress….. I should have saw that coming, she is amazing!

  • JauntyJohn

    She always struck me as a class act, from start to finish. At her core both an artist and a hard workin’ broad.
    And as far as this layout goes… bow down, peasants. Bow down. She is radiant in these pics.

    (And please, I beg to all the fashion gods above, case closed on that god damn Gucci dress.)

  • Gaby

    These Gucci dresses seem like the solution to a Project Runway “NOTIONS/TRIMS AND SHEERS ONLY” unconventional materials challenge.

    • demidaemon

      Please don’t give them ideas for challenges that we will probably hate. They already have enough as is.

      • Gaby

        I don’t mind when they give them ridiculously restrictive challenges so long as (a) they have some time and (b) the designers understand the rules. I hate “make-a-pretty-dress” and “nonsensical-challenge-whose-rules-are-made-up-by-the-judges-at-runway” challenges.

        It’s casting and obvious producer manipulation where PR’s really been failing lately in my eyes, not in the challenges themselves.

  • bhl_1123

    This editorial just makes me want to walk up to SJP and gasp “you’re a model!”

  • MannahattaMamma

    what is SJP shilling that she’s on the cover of this mag and then inside wearing feathers and fishnet? It’s not so much a dress as it is an accident down at the pier. And you know, I hear a touch of protesting too much about her marriage. Remember how HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY Heidi Klum was with Seal?

  • frannyprof

    Did SJP get a boob job? Just wondering…

  • marshmallowjane

    SJP has had a great body to hang a dress on for a long time. Fashion people like to dress her. She’s a dream for them. That’s the positive column.

    In the negative column: She wears a shit load of makeup. Her hair isn’t pretty like it used to be–or it isn’t getting the attention that it needs. The first dress is a boring dress. A boring, shiny, tight dress that we keep seeing over and over. I don’t notice the subtle differences. The second dress is designed around the woman’s VAjayjay. It’s tacky.

  • Lola Channing

    it’s safe to say Terry Richardson has no designs on Ms. Parker.

  • demidaemon

    UGH! That dress. Please someone be the fashion assassin and sneakily take out this dress from the Gucci showrooms or whichever magazine has it now. I’ll provide the gasoline and matches; the hitperson just needs to provide manpower, excellent deployment of black clothing and nude shoes, and the ability to snatch this dress unawares from whomever has it at this moment.

  • kmk05

    Wait wait… you know what I realised? It’s not just that stupid Gucci dress! It’s also the Chanel dress! Both Chole and Nina wore that one. I’m so confused by what the magazines are doing. I mean, are there no other designers? Do they get sent the ugliest dresses in all collections and have to try and make them work?


  • Kate

    SJP. If I could work jeans the way you work that winged fish, my day would be made.

  • Sara Brams-Miller

    SJP definitely takes the win on this one. The Peacock Dress clearly suits her and Jenny from the Block the best.

  • Aurumgirl

    But it only proves, definitively, that not even SJP can save that fucking ugly dress.

  • Candigirl1968

    Still giving JLo the win. The way this dress does the disturbing “look at my lady parts area” thing, I’m not sure it should ever be posed head on.

  • mlle

    She managed to rock a bird headpiece in the first SATC movie, and now she’s proven she can make this silly Dodo Bird dress look better than anyone else to date.

    • NOLA_gal

      Check out the American subscription copy – bird headdress in profile! It’s awesome!

  • NYCGlamourpuss

    Wow… that Gucci dress is makin’ the rounds like a drunk chick at a frat party! But SJP truly IS wearing it best!

    Oh, and the thinly veiled, “I SWEAR TO GOD MY HUSBAND ISN’T GAY AND WE AREN’T IN A SHAM MARRIAGE!” part of the interview is killing me! Because who knows and who cares? As long as they’re happy and it works for them. But I’ve been hearing that allegation about Matthew for years, so it sounds like she’s both addressing and *not* addressing that tired old rumor! Now that I think of it, I almost wish she’d kind of left that alone, because they’ve been married forever, and it’s not the world’s business.

    • MaggieMae


  • Monzerrat Ontiveros

    at the end of the day, they all look like peacocks…

  • sweatpantalternative

    No, I still give it to JLo.

  • stubbornthoughts

    It’s a dress that only Carrie Bradshaw can truly wear, crazy hair and all. Because she’s the only one for who we can make allowances this insane.

  • GorgeousThings

    Did you see the subscriber cover? It’s SO much better than the newsstand version!

  • Judy_J

    That Gucci dress looks to me like something that washed up on the shore at low tide. Can it please go away now?

  • Not applicable

    she looks great on that cover- photoshop really does erase the years… (sorry, I do love her, but it had to be said)

  • Anplica Fiore

    If only she would do something new with her hair and eyes…..

  • jackie cohen

    I love her. I just wish she’d bring back the natural gorgeous curls!

  • formerlyAnon

    How the heck did she do that with that peacock dress? I guess it helps that it’s full length here, but still.

  • marlie

    I just don’t understand why the stylists would want to put their client in a dress that not one, not two, but at least FOUR other ladystars have already worn. Don’t the people at Gucci say “oh yes, you can have the dress right after #1, #2, and #3 are done with it”?

  • How to Faint

    I much prefer the way J.Lo wore it. Terry Richardson’s shit photography isn’t doing much to help win me over to SJP’s side either. The celebrity as stock photograph thing is so played out, Ter. Get a new gimmick already.

  • Plink

    Oh for the love of all things sacred, find someone new to do your make up. Please.

  • PeaceBang

    Oh, I guess the Illuminati got her.

  • SewingSiren

    That feather dress belongs on a burlesque dancer with a giant fan.

  • queen b*tch

    Its very rare that you get such a succinct honest answer from a celeb about love.

    “I love Matthew Broderick. Call me crazy, but I love him. We can only be in the marriage we are. We’re very devoted to our family and our lives. I love our life. I love that he’s the father of my children, and it’s because of him that there’s this whole other world that I love.”

    This is beautiful.

    That Gucci dress is not

  • guest2visits

    I think both dresses look great on her. And the Gucci is a flamboyant, beautiful work of art. I don’t mind that it’s over the top in a Vegas kind of way since it’s all for posing in. I would really like to see if she has a different way to do eye make-up though.