Sarah Jessica Parker in Alexander McQueen at the 2014 AOL Digital NewFronts Presentation

Posted on May 01, 2014

Sarah-Jessica-Parker-Alexander-McQueen-AOL-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (1B)Sarah-Jessica-Parker-Alexander-McQueen-AOL-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (2)Sarah Jessica Parkera attends the 2014 AOL Digital NewFronts Presentation in New York City in an Alexander McQueen floral flare dress paired with SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker ‘Ursula’ open toe d’Orsay metallic leather pumps and Fred Leighton jewelry.






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  • Joanna

    This is not a great shape for her, but I love the shoes – they bring out the color of her eyes! Also. The hair. She could use a good four or five inches off – shoulder length would be really flattering on her.

    • Anna

      She looked so good in SATC during the season she cut her hair, and it was really blonde. The shorter hair definitely looks better with her face shape.

      • Raspberry2012

        Yeah, I think so too. She looks good with both, but the shorter cut on her was really flattering.

      • Carleenml

        And apparently they’ll have to pry that eye liner out of her cold, dead hands cause it ain’t going anywhere before then.

        • The Versatile Chef

          I liked that cut so much, I had my hairdresser do it for me. Looked great and it was easy to maintain.

          PS See how I managed not to say anything about the eyeliner like I usually do? Very proud of myself.

    • Tracy M

      I’m with you on the color, but otherwise I hate the shoes. They looks cheap and costume-y. Her hair was darling on SATC when it was shorter and curly. Totally flattering.

  • shirab

    Please, please trim about two inches off your hair. It looks like mine did in 7th grade when I used to be fascinated by the Y formations of my many split ends.

    • 25or6to4

      I think she should go for a voluminous lob (or even bob, but that might be too severe) that isn’t parted down the middle. Her current hairstyle is doing her no favors.

    • Fuchsiaforever

      It looks SO dry and burned from the iron/blower!

      • holla

        she looks tired from all the ironing/blowing

    • Sarah

      I feel bad for her because I have curly hair too, and when I straighten it looks too long (so I don’t straighten it…) but when it’s curly it’s a good 3 inches shorter and is a perfect length. But ITA that she needs some volume and a side part stat.

  • Kayceed

    Why so much jewelry? It doesn’t look decadent, or opulent. Just….cluttered.

    • uprightcitizen

      Right? And that ring on her left index finger looks like it’s so tight, I doubt she can even feel that finger anymore.

    • Yeah, it’s aging her along with the bad makeup.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      Fewer, but more carefully chosen pieces of jewelry would have worked better. I like the dress on her, and her shoes work well with the dress.

    • ampg

      Her hand styling is just a list of bad choices. The nail polish doesn’t work, none of the rings go with each other or with the dress, the fit’s all wrong on several, and there are too many of them.

  • KinoEye

    For the love of Chanel, get a new makeup artist. It’s making her look about 20 years older than she is. Terrible posing, too. Learn how to stand like the successful, rich, adult woman you are. Geez. It shouldn’t be that hard.

    • Supernumerary

      I’m fascinated by her makeup and how consistently same it always is. It reminds me of the late ’80s/early ’90s makeup my mother used to religiously apply in the mirror day after day, with those raccoon eyes. (Except in my mother’s case, there was always disturbingly blue eye shadow and too-heavy blush applied. I’ll fear the day SJP goes that far.)

      • Kitten Mittons

        I think your mom and my mom had the same face applied every day. Did your mom also have a perm, and secure it back with little hair combs? My mom had sets of those tiny combs in every color, and I was obsessed with them.

        Good memories, thanks!

        • Raspberry2012

          (*You… you say that like it was a bad thing….*)

          • Kitten Mittons

            Ha, no! She had a little box to keep the combs in, and I would sit on her floor and sort them by color for her. I used to love playing around in her vanity.

            The home perms might be another story, but only because I hated getting them myself, and hated the smell.

          • Raspberry2012

            I fried my friend’s hair with an Ogilvy home perm that I gave her when we were juniors in HS! I was literally crying as I took the rods out of her hair, apologizing the whole while. And what’s crazy is, she loved it! She was thrilled! I’m still shocked to this day that her mom didn’t call my dad to yell at him for what I’d done to her hair!

          • Kitten Mittons

            I’m sure that was pretty traumatic at the time, but I’m dying at the picture that conjured up in my head. All’s well that ends well, though!

            Good old Ogilvie! My brother would escape the house whenever we permed our hair, but it didn’t matter. That stuff smelled for days. I have a first grade class picture that stays permanently (pun intended) buried, thanks to Ogilvie.

          • Raspberry2012

            I mean, I kid you not – I’m pulling the rods out of her hair, and just SOBBING – “Oh, god, Stacy, your mom is going to kill me! I burned up your hair, I’m so sorry…”, and she’s literally squeeing with every fried bit that came out of the rollers. 1981, man – only then could you fry your hair and still be excited over it.

            But then a year later, we had more tears and hair trauma, when my best friend Renee got her hair completely caught in one of those heated brushes – you know, they were like a curling iron, but with hard plastic bristles all the way around the barrel? She took a big hank of her hair, wound way too much around it, and it got caught in all the bristles. So then, SHE starts sobbing – this is the same but opposite scenario from the year before! So I yank the plug so it’s at least not burning her hair anymore, and this time, it’s my turn to try and keep calm. She’s bawling, “You’re going to have to cut my hair out, aren’t you? Please don’t cut my hair out!” And I said, “No, just stay calm, I won’t cut your hair, I promise.” And we sat there for TWO hours with me just puuuuullling her hair out of the iron, little strands at a time from all the bristles, it was the only way I could get it all out. And we didn’t have to cut it, but there were a few strands that snapped, and the rest was all snarled up. But I got it all out, and then we did a deep condition on the part that was all tangled up to smooth it, and by the time she got home, her mom never noticed anything had happened.

          • Kitten Mittons

            Lawd, that is hilarious!
            Can “Story Time with Raspberry” be a regular installment here?

            Those are like the opposite of all my hair stories. I tried to dye my hair a rebellious red in HS, and we left it on for about twice the time we were supposed to, and still pretty much no change at all (“Well, if you tilt your head, you can kinda see it…”). I did so many hair flips on Monday at school trying to get people to notice, to absolutely no effect.

    • Sarah

      What’s sad is I was thinking she actually dialed back the eyeliner, and it is still WAY too much. She needs brown, not black, and stop lining the whole damned eye, missy.

      • KinoEye

        She definitely needs eyeliner AND mascara in a nice mocha. And I know not everyone can do this, but I find my eyeliner is much more dramatic if I line only the inside of my upper lid. She’d have to up the ante for it to show up on camera and under flashbulbs, but to line the bottom lid so aggressively makes her eyes appear to be much smaller than they are.

        Also, highlighter shadow in the corner and crease of the lid, and under the brow, would open up her eyes smashingly.

        • SugarSnap108

          Excellent advice. I’m assuming she thinks that the liner is necessary to make her eyes “open,” even though it does exactly the opposite.

          • FibonacciSequins

            Pissholes in the snow.

          • LittleMascara

            I’m going to try KinoEye’s advice. Liner doesn’t help my eyes at all!

          • KinoEye

            I hope it works for you! I think that tidbit originated from a combination of my mom’s advice, Bette Davis, and Carmindy on What Not to Wear, so I can’t take full credit 🙂

          • demidaemon

            Carmindy was always the best part of that show and her tips just make perfect sense.

        • Seriously — I was given that excellent advice at an everyday Clinique makeover, just to line my upper lid, because I have deep permanent shadows under my eyes, and lining my bottom lid will just draw attention to them.

          • Constant Reader

            I have dark shadows under my eyes that only seem to get more noticeable with age, so I went to upper-lid-only eye liner years ago. Lately, I’ve only been putting mascara on my upper lashes, too. (Granted, my lower lashes are still visible because they are black, so that might not work for everyone.)

          • Raspberry2012

            I do something similar with the mascara – one coat on the lower lashes, two coats on the uppers. Any more than that on the lowers, and they practically just POINT to the dark circles!

          • Carleenml

            Mine are blonde but I did the same. Top lashes only. Read that somewhere and I think I do look better for it.

          • Raspberry2012

            Yup, this exactly! I have dark circles and deep set eyes, and only lining the upper lids makes SO much of a difference!

          • SugarSnap108

            I have the same issue with shadows under my eyes, which is precisely why I only line the upper lid. I also do the highlighter trick in the corner of my eye and under the brow, which helps a lot.

          • Sunraya

            I was told that after 40, one should only line the upper lid, never the lower also.

        • Sarah

          Yep, I just quit doing the bottom lashline last year, and my eyes look SO much bigger.

          • PhillyDeb

            Me too. It was hard to break the habit after 35 years, and I felt naked for a short whiile but my eyes look so much better now. SJP was part of my inspiration to let go of the lower liner–figured if her eyes looked so bad I couldn’t be doing much better

          • Sarah

            I learned to put on makeup in the eighties, and I remember being upset that I was unable to get the liner all the way to the inner corner without having my eyes water and ruin it. So I always did a sort of smudgy 3/4 line on the bottom and thought it was sad I couldn’t do it “right.” Yikes. SO much better with nothin’ but a little mascara down there. I also had this fun thing where I when I started doing the top only, I realized I could do the winged look and I like that.

        • NeenaJ

          Totally agree. Also, a flesh-toned liner on the lower lash line would work about a million times better for opening up her eye.

        • random_poster

          Yeah, that’s what I’ve done for years. I stopped lining under my eye when the dark-circles-of-age became more difficult to cover up.

        • Raspberry2012

          I found, as “a kitten of a certain age”, it’s much less aging to switch from black liner on the uppers and lower to either mocha or charcoal liner (I find that for me, I look better in a soft charcoal. For whatever reason, mocha makes my eyes look bloodshot), and I line my upper eye only! And I use pencil so I can smudge it for a softer look – and that’s all I do in the way of liner, and it’s much less aging.

      • 3boysful

        And dial back the bronzer. Her face is several shades darker than her arm.

      • Zanna6

        Two burnt holes in a blanket.

    • hyperionic

      You think she looks almost 70?

      • KinoEye

        Haha, not quite that old — I didn’t know she was that close to 50! At any rate, the makeup is very, very aging.

    • Raspberry2012

      “For the love of Chanel” – ha!! I love that, I’m stealing it the next time I see someone with bad makeup!

  • Introspective

    the dress is pretty. the pigeontoed stance is annoying. the hair needs a deep condition and a cut.

    im sick of us all shouting about homegirl’s inexplicable love of raccoon eye till we’re blue in the face. so i wont say anything more about it…

    • kimmeister

      The first picture looks like her legs are stuck from horseback riding.

  • Noah

    For Miss Sarah Jessica, this is downright demure!

  • Mrs. Julien

    This confirms my theory that cap sleeves are no one’s friend.

  • Shelby

    You know, I like it. Yes, she didn’t need some of the jewelry, or the raccoon eyes, but it’s pretty, while still looking like her.

  • schadenfreudelicious

    I think she needs to lose a ring or three..she appears moments away from a loss of circulation in that index finger…

    • Ouch! Yes. She’s not planning to give those back!

      • Raspberry2012

        With as tight as they look, I don’t think she *can* give them back!

  • DTLAFamilies

    Is anyone else seeing fallopian tubes? It’s still a cute dress and I really like the shoes, ankle strap and all.

    • KinoEye

      Now that you’ve mentioned it, I can’t unsee. Still cute though, anatomical design elements notwithstanding.

    • Anna

      Also can’t unsee that now!

    • TropiCarla

      I immediately saw them but scrolled down figuring someone else did too.

      That said, if I saw this dress (at say … Marshalls :-p), I would buy that bad boy in an instant and wear it everyday.

    • MoHub

      My first reaction once I got past the raccoon eyes and the scraggly hair.

    • Raspberry2012

      You had to go and say it!

  • MissusBee

    The dress looks like it’s too small. Not that it’s straining or anything, but the proportions look a bit odd.

    No to the tap shoes.

  • Jessica Freeman

    Massive improvement for her.

  • Anna

    Remember that episode of SATC when Samantha was bitching about how boring New York had gotten and she called it, “Same York?” SJP is “Same York.”

  • Danielle

    That hair is fried, girl. Get a haircut or a deep treatment mask.

  • In_Stitches

    This needs some color. In a forest green with yellow flowers? Fantastic. As it, it’s just kind of bland. The shape and fit are fantastic though. Shoes were a mismatch though and the hair is, well, what she always does with her hair.

  • lamamu

    I’ll just say it: I think she looks great! She’s not wearing a Carrie costume. She just looks like herself.

  • @Biting Panda

    Am I the only one that sees something in her eyes, a certain sadness? It’s breaking my heart a little. Honey, you look nice, let’s go sit and have some whiskey and girl talk.

    • KinoEye

      She does look a bit tired and run down — I definitely don’t mean that in a negative way regarding her looks, but she is giving off an “I need a whiskey neat” sort of vibe. Plus, I bet she’s a ton of fun when she’s tipsy.

    • I think her hair is stuck in her necklaces and it’s pulling.

    • SugarSnap108

      I see it, and have seen it in other photos. I always attribute it to bad eye makeup. But maybe it’s sadness, too. Awww, SJP.

    • FibonacciSequins

      She’s close to 50 and has a couple of preschoolers at home – she’s probably exhausted.

  • kmk05

    It’s not particularly flattering, but I am not sure why. Also, the amount of jewellery on her fingers and wrists is the beginning of Elderly Gay Windchime Syndrome.

  • Janet B

    Um, she could use a fresh perspective.

    • imspinningaround

      That’s the classiest yet also shady way I’ve seen that sentiment expressed on this site yet.

  • boweryboy

    I would like it more if she wasn’t standing like she has to pee, but overall meh. Kudos to her, though, for actually wearing her butt ugly shoes.

  • FibonacciSequins

    Her hair is seriously unflattering. Her makeup is a close second. The dress is nothing special, it’s not good that I’m noticing the hair and makeup before the dress. Prom shoes. The jewelry looks like she just piled it on in a poor attempt at styling to distract from a boring dress.

  • Yvette Florio Lane

    Somehow the bridesmaid shoes actually look good with that awful dress

  • marlie

    It’s not all that exciting, but this looks isn’t that bad. The dress is ok, and the shoes are fine. I desperately want her to stop with the center-part, mostly-straight hair, because it’s SO friggin unattractive on her. And I give up on commenting about her makeup.

    • Jacob Bowen

      Her center part is TERRIBLE. I banned my best friend from this hairstyle at age 10; SJP clearly has BAD gays!

  • Beardslee

    I say this with love and respect but I think my pal SJP is too long in the tooth for this whole look. All of it reads very girly to me.

    • Tricia Rose

      I was thinking the same thing. Too Tweenie for her, although I do welcome a more subdued look for her than usual.

  • Fuchsiaforever

    The evidence shows that she must have tattooed that black eyeliner on. And she must be regretting it now.

    • Qitkat

      Is that actually possible? Because it does seem to always look exactly the same. Poor Sarah. She has influenced an awful lot of women though. We did this in the late sixties, I actually had navy blue eyeliner, if you can believe that.

      • formerlyAnon

        Believe it? I owned it. (Though I was so awful at applying it that I rarely used it.)

        (I know several people who’ve had eyeliner tattooed on their upper lids. None on the lower and none as dark and heavy as hers, by FAR.)

      • Fuchsiaforever

        I have no idea! It’s just me theorizing! Hehehe. You tattooed blue eyeliner in the 60s?

        • Qitkat

          Nononono, not tattooed! But I was heavy-handed with it on occasion.

          • Fuchsiaforever

            Hahahahha, Qitkat! Good!

      • Fuchsiaforever

        Why poor Sarah?

        • Qitkat

          Well, especially if it is tattooed. What an ordeal to remove it. Otherwise, she seems to be a cool woman who has just gotten stuck in a time warp.

      • conniemd

        There is such a thing as permanent eye makeup, so I think this is possible. She certainly looks exactly the same (awful) and aging.

      • demidaemon

        Unfortunately, yes it is. I believe they had a woman on WNTW who had done that to herself for some awful reason. Has SJP done it as well? Possibly.

    • Malia C.

      Yikes. That certainly would explain her sticking with it even though it is so unflattering.

  • ashtangajunkie

    This look is giving me the “I wishes.” I wish the skirt was fitted, I wish she had done something with her hair, I wish her makeup was softer, I wish she hadn’t put on all the rings…As it is, this isn’t all that bad, but SJP can do so much better.

  • Tee

    What the heck is a digital newsfront and why does it need a red carpet?

    • GillianHolroyd

      well, it’s AOL so I’m guessing they trying to recreate their 90s heyday.

  • I wonder how long she’s contractually obligated to wear the shoes from her own line…

  • FrigidDiva

    I will say this much, she is really dedicated to hawking her shoes.

  • AthenaJ

    This makes me sad 🙁

  • Imasewsure

    The length of the dress is good anyway! Frumpy and awful print and fit overall though and the jewelry is not doing her any favors (oh no and those shoes!)

  • formerlyAnon

    Her wiry build and musculature are not set off to advantage by the very soft visual “feel” of this dress. At least for me, it jars.

    (There has got to be a better way to express that.)

    • Qitkat

      I don’t have a better way to express it, but it jars for me too. She loves pretty, and occasionally quirky clothes, but has kept the identical styling for herself for years, no matter what the look of the clothing. Sometimes her hair is up or down, but it all feels the same sameness. Much the way others are irked by the seeming blandness of Jessica Biel, I am irked by SJP (and Jennifer Aniston) not changing up her style, the hair, the aging makeup. She has in the past done ads for a hair color company in which she looks so beautiful in dark hair, maybe they are really photo-shopped, but she always seemed to look much younger and fresher in them, only a couple of years ago.

  • MilaXX

    Meh, for SJP this isn’t bad. I’ve just come to terms with the fact the she & Kristin are stuck in their SATC fashions.

  • Shawn EH

    Thank goodness, non-nude shoes! Must have been tempting with this dull dress.

  • GeoDiva

    She needs to get herself over to a Sephora for a makeup consultation.

  • ScarlettHarlot

    Hotel wall paper. Bathroom wall paper.

  • She looks very pretty. Nothing spectacular,but doesn’t always have to be spectacular. I just don’t get the multiple rings, but there you go…

  • Raspberry2012

    LOVE LOVE LOVE the shoes! And the dress is pretty, this looks nice on her. She doesn’t look amazing, but she looks really good. And again – THE SHOES!!

  • Carleenml

    AOL Digital NewFronts Presentation is an hysterical “attends” opening. I saw an old rerun of Sex the other day. They still make me cry.

  • MannahattaMamma

    all those rings on all those fingers? that’s the sign of a person who isn’t terribly happy or secure (or so said a fortune teller to me once) … I didn’t like those SJP shoes the first time I saw ’em, but now…I’m thinking mamma might need a new pair of spring shoes!

    • I must be secure as hell, because I keep buying rings I never wear. 😀

      That, or I’m so used to not being able to wear rings at work that I forget to actually wear them when I can. Even though I love rings. At least they look pretty in my jewelry box, even if they rarely make the trek out of it. :3

  • Clydette Wantland

    Love the dress, love the shoes. Too much jewelry SJP! She loved them all so much she wore them all!

  • I like the dress. Really. It’s pretty. Now if she’d just get over her head and change it, I know I’d be much happier. And what else matters, after all?

  • MaggieMae

    She’s in that transition stage, age-wise, towards needing a new look. Or, so says the general culture. Personally, I love the way she is aging, and I support her sticking with a style she clearly loves, even if it is breaking some rules.

  • queeniethebold

    She has been a snore for a long time now. The shoes are awful. i like the dress, but it doesn’t quite seem to suit her. Waaaaaaaay too much jewelry, and waaaaaaaay too much eyeliner and waaaaaay too much awful hair. i just don’t understand why she doesn’t/can’t update her look. She has every opportunity and advantage to do so; i’d kill for her opportunityies/advantages! And i bet changing things up and out a little would make her look a lot happier! That said, if she’s had permanent eyeliner done, then yikes. What a shame. Awful.

  • nannypoo

    “Let’s see…. Should I choose a stunning piece of jewelry to make a statement or should I put on every crappy little thing I can find around the house? Oh, I guess I’ll go with the crappy little things.”

  • Erica Woods Tucker

    At first I thought this was Barbara Streisand until I looked at the name. Hmmm. I don’t know about this.

  • Jeanettesca

    Why is she posing with her legs spraddled like that? Is she giving birth?

  • Hate the hair, hate the rings. The dress is cute, but looks a bit young for her.

  • Young Sun Han

    AOL still exists? O__O

  • kim bunchalastnames

    cute. she needs new hair, though. a side-parted, sleek bob maybe, with bangs that can be combed back for updos.

  • crash1212

    Cute. Love the dress and shoes. And she doesn’t have to wear ALL the rings, does she? At least the hair looks healthy?

  • Kelly

    Why is she wearing two completely different, unrelated necklaces?

    • quiltrx

      This seems to be a thing with her lately…I remember us complaining about this at least twice before. I hope she doesn’t think she’s going to make that ‘a thing.’

  • ItAin’tMe

    Beautiful dress, doesn’t need necklaces, hate the shoes, hate the pose.

  • ItAin’tMe

    And why is she so sad always?

    • Vtg Fashion Library

      Because she’s hungry.

  • demidaemon

    This is surprisingly good for her. After all that’s been shown today, SJP is looking pretty good compared to the last two entries.

  • Trickytrisha

    That dress. Love it. Her face and hair are as usual. But wowser, those appendages look gnarly with those rings and shoes.

  • Katie

    the close up of her hands look like a female johnny depp.
    I agree with another comment that people seem to call her a fashionista only because she played Carrie. In real life, she almost always seems to get the styling wrong, probably because she’s trying to prove her fashionista cred by adding unecessary jewelry or giant flowers. And as many others have said, the eyeliner must go. She would look so beautiful in softer makeup.

  • ktr33

    She kind of looks like a rich junkie. Or at least a rich woman who occasionally does heroine, but has the money to hide it with jewelry, clothes, and too much make-up. I’m very very over her (could you tell?)

    • ItAin’tMe

      Certainly got the veins for it.

  • MarinaCat

    I wish this woman would stand with the posture of a grown-up. It’s bad enough that the twenty-somethings favor the pigeon-toed stance. She needed to retire it 15 years ago.

  • quiltrx

    You’d think she’d know that her hair is covering up a lot of the pretty on that dress.
    I see she’s toned the eyeliner down *just* a little. Let’s hope she’s weaning herself off it.

  • Sunraya

    Sarah Jessica Parker – Exhibit A in why women our age should wear hose.

  • You guys are being oh so nice here in the comments but the truth is.. she looks terrible. Girlfriend looks like she needs many weeks at a quiet place, perhaps a nice monastery where no mobile phones are allowed and nobody can bother her. Maybe someone can cut and deep condition her hair while she is there.

    I also think we have found the reason for the recent arm covering. I think her arms look fine, but I can also grasp that someone who has those arms might not think they look fine. I have a friend like that who if she sees the slightest bit of dimpling or wrinkling covers that particular body part, forever. She’s up to 3/4 length sleeves and 3/4 leggings – A few more years and she’ll likely only leave the house in a burka and certainly not for any religious reasons.

    Most of us come to a point where we are all screw you world, I’ll wear what I want regardless. I think if we were constantly photographed like SJP is, we might have a lot more trouble getting to that same place. Sad but true. :/

  • Fannie Wolston

    Pretty dress, nice fabric fits her perfectly, not too short. Shoes look comfy, not so very high heeled.

  • jjfg

    I like the dress on her. Would remove oh, say, half the jewelry, though.

  • Damien W

    I think the dress is pretty — she was unlucky in having to stand in front of that charcoal backdrop, which makes everything look more stark. No reason she can’t go ghetto with the jewelry at an AOL Upfronts event. Makeup looks a little rushed, otherwise I think she’s fine.

  • Mrs. O

    I love that she loves fashion. I love that she’s a risk taker. But, lately, every time I see her I feel a little sorry for her. She seems to be having a hard time transitioning into Grande Dame.

  • scotty

    I like the shoes the dress is ok