Sarah Jessica Parker in Schiaparelli Couture at the 2014 amfAR Inspiration Gala New York

Posted on June 11, 2014

Sarah Jessica steps out in Marcia Brady’s old bedsheets.

Sarah-Jessica-Parker-Schiaparelli-2014-amfAR-Inspiration-Gala-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (1)Sarah Jessica Parker attends the amfAR Inspiration Gala New York 2014 at The Plaza Hotel in New York City in a Schiaparelli chiffon gown accessorized with jewelry by Fred Leighton, Pamela Love, House of Lavande, and Eddie Borgo.

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Sarah-Jessica-Parker-Schiaparelli-2014-amfAR-Inspiration-Gala-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (3)Schiaparelli Spring 2014 Couture Collection

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We’re being bitches. It’s a pretty gown, actually. We’re not entirely convinced it’s the right dress for her, but we like it, for the most part. Although we’re sure we’d like it more on someone more suited to it. Our main complaint is that the combination of the bodice and the sleeves create the illusion that her entire torso is melting or collapsing in on itself. And once again, her jewelry choices confuse us completely. Why would you stack all those hard-looking bracelets with such a floaty, ethereal kind of gown? What’s with the multiple rings and necklaces? Why can’t she just wear one of each type of jewelry for once? A dress like this calls for light and delicate jewelry – and not a lot of it. Also: that black witch-toe sticking out from the bottom suggest a shoe choice with which we would not agree.

But we think what’s most fascinating about these pics is just how much her hair seems to whip around from shoulder to shoulder. Honey, stop playing with it so much.

 

 

 

 

 

[Photo Credit: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images, IMAXTree]

    • Kent Roby

      That is Elle Fanning’s dress.

      • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ Alicia

        Absolutely my first thought. And that last picture is Elle Fanning’s pose – you can’t do that shit after about the age of 20.

        • DebbieLovesShoes

          I see that, now! You’re right!

      • ShaoLinKitten

        I would hope Ms. Fanning would hike that thing up about 4″. On a woman of a certain age, a dress hanging that low conjures images of saggy boobs. No bueno.

        • Kent Roby

          With Elle being so young (16) and ethereal, I think she’s one of the only girls who could wear this dress without being accused of having saggy boobs. This dress certainly doesn’t work on the model, either.

          • kerryev

            If anything, it’s a little more sad on the model.

      • leahpapa

        There’s an episode of 30 ROCK where Jenna tries to convince the manufacturer of a safety chair for elderly people that she’s old enough to be their “spokescrone,” and she does so by dressing really young, because there’s nothing that ages someone faster than affected youthfulness. I’ll let you deduce what you will from that comment :)

        • Kent Roby

          That’s brilliant!

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          “Spokescrone”-how great is that.

        • Judih1

          Thanks for providing that reference point. SJP may not be a spokescrone, but she is certainly too old to be wearing that dress

      • KES4K

        My thought, exactly. It’s all a little “mutton dressed as lamb”, unfortunately.

      • Bernadette

        Yes as soon as I saw it on the model!

      • SierraDelta

        Or Dakota’s.

    • Beardslee

      I like it because it’s unusual, but those sleeves are too droopy. And that’s a shame, as off the shoulder sleeves can be very effective.
      I’m with you on the accessories, especially that shoe!! Golly.

      • Sophie

        I think the whole top part is too droopy. Off the shoulder sleeves can be effective as long as they only look intentional, not like everything is going down. If only it had all been raised a bit!

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          The bodice and sleeves are dragging this dress down-literally and figuratively, With that fabrice the entire look should be light, ethereal, and float.

      • lizajane1776

        Not really defending the shoe, but the runway model has a black patent shoe on also.

      • annla

        The jewelry is bad. The hair — also bad. She should have worn that feather head thing the model has on. It would have made it look more age-appropriate…. maybe. And a little edgier.

    • Heather

      Also, she’s got the ombre hair from 2005 going on….

      • FrigidDiva

        Maybe she hasn’t gotten her roots touched up since 2005…

    • Kathy_Marlow

      She looks like a hot mess to me for some reason. Very Miss Havisham to me.

      • MoHub

        Interesting that you made that reference. I was totally thinking this was HBC’s dress if rendered in a different—solid color—fabrid.

        • Imasewsure

          You are absolutely right although HBC would have added some weird but awesome head stuff to balance it out.. missed op unfortunately.

        • not_Bridget

          The dress has an 1820’s look–if a little too bare. Just slightly post-Austen. In most of the Austen movies, we can tell our heroines are young, innocent & (usually) of the lower-end gentry by their dresses. The fabrics are usually cotton or linen–white, pale, or with a demure pattern. Like this one.

          The slightly older, richer, interesting women (not Lady Catherine de Bourgh!) often have similar silhouettes, but the fabrics are richer & in more dramatic colors. With more formal jewelry & the proper undergarments, HBC might have been able to carry that off……

          • MoHub

            Excellent analysis.

      • NBG

        Nailed it. All she needs is a yellow-ed, crusty veil.

        • Rhonda Shore

          She doesn’t look happy in this picture. Her hair and make-up (and jewelry?) choices are unnessarily aging her.

    • Betsy

      You nailed it, Uncles! It’s either Marcia’s bedsheets or Carol’s headboard! I hate it. The color, the fit–blech.

    • Sobaika

      What was that line about fashion roadkill…?

    • http://attiresmind.blogspot.com/ Kiltdntiltd

      Jus’ gotta say. Madame Elsa Schiaparelli would be quite disappointed by this effort.

      • ballerinawithagun

        Rolling over in her bed sheets…Push it a little farther and we could do surrealism, perhaps a headboard hat????

        • http://attiresmind.blogspot.com/ Kiltdntiltd

          Pillows attached to her butt, bustle style?

        • VictoriaDiNardo

          I just scrolled down to say “Elsa is rolling in her grave” but bed sheets is better. Like the headboard hat and let’s add glasses that look like throw pillows!

    • sienna elm

      I didn’t know droopy-boob was a thing!

    • ktr33

      Terrible colors/print for her, terrible over-processed, over-long hair, terrible choices of jewelry. Her hands look positively gnarled in that close-up, so no rings would be my advice — which calls and asks for daily, natch. Also she looks miserable.
      I so miss my SJP of the Square Pegs days.

      • Carleenml

        and her Footloose days! And Carrie B. Sigh. She’s still so damn adorable if she’d just pull herself together.

    • Karen Belgrad

      Bitter kitten proud moment: identifying all of the critiques of this ensemble before reading. You’ve trained me well :)

    • BrianaJC

      sleeves gotta go. and I’d like to wash her face and condition her hair.

    • nannypoo

      Without those sleevish things this would be a beautiful gown for a very young girl. On SJP it’s a very poor choice. And I totally agree with TLo’s assessment of her jewelry situation. She looks like a walking flea market.

      • luludexter

        seriously, she’s got enough money to have some really lovely pieces that are gorgeous and age appropriate. She always looks like she raided some teenager’s bedroom. there’s so much of it but none of it has impact.

        • Imasewsure

          I think her jewelry just reflects her BoHo edgy urban hippy side which I applaud but it rarely works with anything else she puts on… keep the jewelry if it’s her signature thing but style redux in order for everything else!!

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QFW22QV426LUOEPGASPZJWJMDE MishaFoomin

        Right arm looks like it has a bicycle chain wrapped around it.

        • smayper

          Agree with all of you — and the jewelry could not be more wrong for the dress. I don’t like it anyway, but it rises to a level of horror placed next to that ice cream cake dress.

    • ccinnc

      Her eye makeup is softer and prettier than usual.

      • ktr33

        you’re being… facetious, right?

        • MoHub

          No. I had the same reaction as ccinc. Definitely less raccoon-y than usual.

        • Grumpy Girl

          Keep in mind it’s baby steps with her. She still needs a lipcolor, even if it were a soft one. And geez that hair . . . it sucks the youth right out of her.

      • http://redheadedwolf.wordpress.com/ Laura Renee

        It does look like she’s wearing slightly less eyeliner, though she’s still making the mistake of going all the way around.

        • Kathy

          I googled images of her, and she looks so much better when she limits the eyeliner to the upper lid or upper and outer lower lid.

          • http://redheadedwolf.wordpress.com/ Laura Renee

            Most people do, I think. I’m 25, and I never go all the way around the eye. I only line the outer lower lid when I’m going out at night. :)

            • Kathy

              There’s nothing wrong with a bit of subtlety. I’m in my 50s, and I use a much softer touch on all my makeup than I did when I was younger. I’m letting my hair go gray as well. It’s salt and pepper now. It took me a minute to realize that more makeup, especially harsh makeup, does not result in a more youthful appearance.

          • Grumpy Girl

            I read somewhere long ago in, heaven forbid, the AARP magazine (the joys of the waiting room!), that women needed less liner, and softer colors as they get older, starting about 40. They had pictures showing the difference, and it made an impression on me. It just emphasizes lines and other signs of aging for most people. (I realize the intended audience was caucasian; I don’t know how well the rule about lighter liner applies to people with more robust skin tones.)

            • Kathy

              Whenever I see harsh makeup on a woman of a certain age, I think of Gloria Swanson and Joan Crawford. The makeup that was flattering when they were younger, just didn’t cut it anymore when they got older.

            • Carleenml

              and I’m reminded of the wisdom that many women get caught trying to hang on to that one look they consider their best not realizing that their faces are changing around it all. But personally I don’t think this even represents SJP at her best. Bouncy curly girl always suited her better. Not stringy, droopy, ennui girl.

            • Kathy

              Stringy, droopy, ennui girl is giving me a sad.

            • smayper

              Yup. I stopped wearing eyeliner years ago, when a woman who knows makeup explained it to me. Mascara is OK, eyeshadow too.

            • VictoriaDiNardo

              I decided the same thing, but use grey eye shadow and a flat brush along the lash line. Softer, and doesn’t smudge. And never underneath.
              I’ve always like SJP but she needs a makeover – or under! – and a good haircut. It would really up-date her look.

    • luludexter

      lovely dress on the wrong lady, styled badly… I really wish she would do something different and more stylish with her hair.

    • Danielle

      Hike the sleeves back to the shoulders and I would have been okay.

    • MoHub

      Makeup is better than it’s been in a long time.

    • MilaXX

      I think this dress called for a high pony, a simple pair of earrings and maybe one ring. Also a lighter shoe , preferably a sandal.

    • Anna

      This looks like a cry for help.

      • demidaemon

        More like a scream.

    • NMMagpie

      There is a definite win here: she went much lighter on the eyeliner and it is a very pleasant change.

    • ktr33

      I just looked at the runway show, an there were several gorgeous dresses that would’ve worked better on her. If she was committed to Schiap, many better ways to go.

    • Wink

      Victorian nightgown gone wrong?

    • GorgeousThings

      Wow, the poor woman looks exhausted. Her facial expressions also indicate she feels the same way about the dress. I like her shoe choice better than the runway model.

    • teensmom99

      Ha! I was wondering why the Uncles were dismissing this dress and trying to think of an older, taller celeb who could make this work in a Schiaparelli kind of way . . .and then I read further. I think it’s for a tall, bold looking woman–sort of provide softness that that woman doesn’t have and with some strong Schiap-like unexpected accessories. Not sure who that is.

      • MilaXX

        I wonder if earth mother Shalaine could wear this.

        • teensmom99

          Maybe but I was going more for the young Angelia Huston. . . .

          • Carleenml

            yes…someone “striking” as opposed to just “pretty” maybe.

          • Gatto Nero

            The young Anjelica Huston could wear anything. And she’s still a force to be reckoned with.

    • Anplica Fiore

      Mrs Easter Bunner is wondering where her dress got off too…

    • decormaven

      The juxtaposition of the random hard-edged jewelry and the softness of the dress is a huge needle scratch for me.

    • schadenfreudelicious

      She needs to remove about 17 bracelets and chop off a foot of hair for starters…

      • Fordzo a.k.a. Fancy Mukluks

        Remember how cute she looked on SATC when she had that bob?

        • schadenfreudelicious

          So cute, far be it for me to ever say that once a gal hits a certain age they need to cut their hair (hell i am of a certain age and dont have short hair), but this length of hair is no longer working for her, it’s only serving to make her look older and somewhat bedraggled. It’s time to go with something shorter that has some actual style to it, this long mop is way past its prime and is doing her zero favours.

          • marlie

            She doesn’t even need to really lose length; SJP just needs a slightly more structured cut. This is the hair of a 16 year old who just doesn’t care.

            • Carleenml

              agreed – her ginormous bouffant at the Met Gala was crazy, still long…but she looked adorable and had a big smile on her face.

        • GillianHolroyd

          Bonus: it was parted on the side.

        • Carleenml

          *sniff*. yes. hold me. (I care way too much about SJP’s happiness, I can tell. It’s effecting me.)

        • Gatto Nero

          Yes! And that worked because of the curls, which everyone seems to avoid now in favor of ironed, fried hair.

    • bessann28

      The dress is pretty. As someone who is the same age as Sarah Jessica, I feel like I can say this– honey, you are too old to pull off that dress.

      • Lori

        I’m right there with you. I like the dress, but there’s a time in life to dress like Juliet and for us that time was a over a good while ago. Mutton dressed as lamb is just not a good look. SJP is an accomplished adult woman. She deserves better than this.

    • Jessica Freeman

      I realllllly love the print and the dress if it didn’t have that sleeve situation.

    • Fordzo a.k.a. Fancy Mukluks

      I think, is it possible, is her eye makeup a little softer than usual? Could it be?

      I feel like this is a very “young” dress. It belongs on a virgin.

    • Patrick Cleary

      Dresses like these always look like the women wearing them have to desperately hold their arms tight against their sides in order to avoid losing them completely.

    • conniemd

      The colors make it a pretty teenage girl dress, on a mature woman it looks faded rather than sweet. If the dot colors were bold and not pastel, it might work with an older woman.

    • @Biting Panda

      She’s just making me sad now.

    • Glam Dixie

      Have all of the hair brushes in Hollywood gone missing? Why does she look so sad? Why did she not feel safe leaving any of her jewelry at home? Why harsh black pointy shoes with a pastel dotted dress? So many questions.

      • Valdri8

        Hollywood Hairbrush Scarcity – There is rock band name in there somewhere

    • FrigidDiva

      She looks crazy, like bag lady crazy in this ensemble. Would someone PLEASE help her?

    • Judy_J

      This is so NOT her dress. Elle Fanning should be wearing this. And am I the only one who thinks SJP should do something else with her hair? It’s just so depressing.

      • Grumpy Girl

        So agreed on the hair. If she must keep it long for whatever vanity reason (or perhaps because her girls are fans? Trying to come up with a nice backstory), she can find lovely updos and things to do with it, that will look so much better than the scraggly shoulder stole.

        • Lori

          I’m now going to spend the rest of the day looking for a reason to use the phrase “scraggly shoulder stole,” because it’s excellent.

    • alliekat9090

      SJP needs to face the fact that she is too mature to get away with a dress like this. This is a Taylor Swift or Elle Fanning dress, certainly not a dress for a 49 year old grown up lady. On a smiliar note please please PLEASE cut some inches off your hair. You have to be “young and dewy”to pull off long straggly hair. It can be romantic & fun on a young woman but it just looks witch- y on an older woman.

      • Grumpy Girl

        Naw, once the word “straggly” can be used as an accurate hair descriptor, it needs to begone, no matter the age.

        • alliekat9090

          You are right. But if this hair was sitting on Jennifer Lawrence’s head it wouldnt be nearly as upsetting.

      • B_C_J

        You have assessed this look exactly the way I would have.

      • demidaemon

        Maybe she is trying to relive her role in Hocus Pocus?

    • ashtangajunkie

      I’m going to to go home, watch ‘Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,’ ‘Square Pegs,’ and ‘Sex and the City’ and pretend I haven’t seen SJP since.

    • flamingoNW

      That bracelet totally ruins any potential that dress had of succeeding on her

    • OhSheila

      I like the dress, Would prefer a different sleeve situation…I would say no sleeve at all, but some sort of strap. Strapless dresses are the work of the devil.

    • jen_vasm

      Dear SJP,
      All of your wheels are coming off. Please fix. Signed, Jen.

    • http://www.ellenciompi.com/ NurseEllen

      I started laughing when I read the one-sentence descriptor and before I even saw the photos. “Marcia Brady’s bedsheets” = hysterical! PS, it’s also spot on (pun intended). Of all the adjectives I’d ever use to describe SJP’s looks and fashion ethic, “soft” and “ethereal” would never be among them. Girl, this is NOT your dress. Give this to some dewy-eyed child, please.

    • snarkykitten

      Wow. um. no, this looks like what you’d wear to the Clown Debutante Ball

    • Christin Pardy-Nosenchuk

      Ha! You guys completely broke me with the “witch toe” comment. Like the dress, it is not her dress, she is tilting towards Johnny Depp territory with the bracelets

    • marlie

      I really dislike the dress, but it might work better on someone like Elle Fanning. Sure, we want Elle in more saturated colors, but this light, slightly juvenile print could work for her. Not for SJP. And the shoes are wrong, and I also hate the trend of wearing all the jewelry all the time. Wow, I’m cranky today.

    • Lily

      I think SJP is finding herself in a style crossroads, still trying to be on the fore, but consistently missing the mark by trying styles she perceives will continue to keep her fresh and young looking. There are other ways to achieve this. Sarah, dear, it’s time to face the music and realize that women of a certain age, no matter how stylish, need less fuss as they get older.

      • Gatto Nero

        Thank you for saying this. I was about to write that this is an ingenue-type gown meant for a much younger (and different type of) woman and expected to be pilloried for mentioning age. The sweet princess look is not appropriate here — and was probably never appropriate for her.
        ETA: It doesn’t suit the model either.

    • AC Simons

      First reaction: “Gee, this is a pretty dress.” Looking at it in detail, “Bless her heart.” If ever a look called for less jewelry and a metallic sandal, this is the one. It could have been so much more ethereal.

    • Lily

      Afterthought upon further review. It honestly looks like the shoes and jewelry were all left on from another outing or event earlier in the day, and she had to change in the car on the way to the AMFAR gala to make it to the RC on time.

      • Gatto Nero

        I think you’re right. But if she (or someone) had to haul the gown along, why not bring an appropriate pair of shoes, too? And take all that heavy jewelry off?

    • GillianHolroyd

      “oh, little ol’ me?”

      Has to be the nadir of her looks.

    • Carleenml

      I miss happy, smiley, pretty SJP. I’m so tired of seeing her “aaah, ennui” face. I wish, wish, wish, wish, WISH she’d cut her hair.

    • queeniethebold

      This is yet another perfect illustration, for me, of why it’s so bewildering that SJP is considered such a style icon. She almost always gets the details wrong, and her hair and makeup are just bad. All the time. Bleak. Maybe she’s just having a hard time coming to terms with aging. That part? i get. But … come ON. With every conceivable resource at her disposal, how is it possible that she keeps looking so bad?

    • SewingSiren

      Love the dress. I agree it’s not entirely suited for her, but not bad either. I would love to see it on Emily Rossum, Florence Welch, or Lupita Nyong’o.

    • Valdri8

      Oy – the hair – oy the hair. Time to cut off those shitty burnt ends.

    • Tricia Rose

      I just want to hitch it up so her breasts don’t look like droopity droopers. Maybe I am turning into my mother after all…

      • roverrun

        A friend of mine works at helping with weddings at her church and she always tells the soon to be brides about the disadvantage of strapless gowns. One woman told her later on that her own wedding video, every two minutes she is seen pulling up and re-adjusting her dress.

        • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ Alicia

          The brides often don’t have a lot of choice – it’s hard to get sleeves in off-the-peg wedding dresses.

      • demidaemon

        No. I had the same reaction.

    • John11581

      SJP wearing this dress is the equivalent of Madonna wearing those stupid driving gloves. Except on a more epic scale.

    • NBG

      This dress would make great curtains in baby nursery. Probably would not need much alteration.

    • Adrianna Grężak

      I think her insistence on layering so much jewelry is exactly what ages her

      • Shawn EH

        And it makes none of it look special, it’s all just Madonna baubles from the 1980s. Which, c’mon, is pretty much Carrie’s style mantra, always.

    • Lilithcat

      10-year-old’s dream princess dress.

      • 1964edithgrove

        And sadly, SJP is a tad long in the tooth for the princess look

    • merciblahblah

      Her sleeves are sad because of that hair.

    • Starts with K

      I would dye this dress black and put it on Helena Bonham Carter. She would rock this dress.

    • ThaliaMenninger

      That dress is about 40 years too young for her. SJP, you are no longer 15. Start dressing like you belong in this century and in your actual decade of life.

    • BlairBear

      The only place this dress works is on a regency romance cover where the rake with a title rips the sleeves off of his lady love who he reforms for and marries.

    • Jennica Brocious

      Arm boobs

    • BlairBear

      I kind of wish she wore the head piece . Also deflated leg of mutton sleeves is not the look

    • majorbedhead

      God, that’s a hideous dress. Not only does it make her boobs look saggy, but it’s giving her chicken cutlet armpits. And I KNOW SJP does not have near enough body fat to have those naturally.

    • Erica

      Or, better yet, give that hair a good trim. I bet a few inches off would work wonders for her look.

    • quiltrx

      UGH her jewelry ALWAYS bugs. It’s like she wants to be the female Johnny Depp windchime…but instead of interesting pieces, she comes out with a bunch of stuff that looks like it came from various yard sales.

    • Bad Idea Jeans

      This dress is tragic. It doesn’t even look good on the model. I don’t even think Carrie Bradshaw would wear it. I don’t think Patricia Field would dress anyone in it.

    • IMNAngryLiberal

      SJP is at least 20 years too old for that dress. Bundle it up and send it to a Fanning, why doncha sweetie?

    • suzq

      She missed it by THAT MUCH. Throw those shoulders back like the dancer you are, dear. Your jewelry is uninspiring. Ditch the witch shoes. Play around with that 1960’s hippie vibe. Wear some flowers in your hair and maybe go barefoot. Why not? They rolled out a nice carpet for you.

    • boweryboy

      She’s friends with Uncle Karl, isn’t she? So, perhaps she takes her jewelry cues from him. Has anyone else seen that documentary about him? The whole ring thing in the beginning was insane.

    • Imasewsure

      Stop playing with your hair… cut it dear… as for the dress, would love it sans the balloon sleeves

    • nerdykitten

      Lily Collins would slay in this dress.

    • Andrea Lentz

      this would be much better on someone else, someone probably a lot younger.

    • OffToSeeHim

      She doesn’t look like she thinks she looks all that great either though. Is it just me?

    • numenah

      Too tan.

    • icm

      This does not look all that great on the model either. It appears to be falling off of her as well.

    • http://thishotoldbroad.blogspot.com/ Sara Leigh Merrey

      Would a little color on the lips be asking too much? She just looks really tired. The dress is better suited to a much younger person. SJ, grow up! It’s okay to be your age.

    • Super_Red

      That gown is gorgeous and I love it and need it in my life.

    • LadyVimes

      This would make a good pregnancy gown.

    • http://www.bertkeeter.com Bert Keeter

      A costume from a Jane Austin play…. Possibly OK on a 20 year old…. done in another fabric / print and with better execution, but as is it’s a Horrible dress…. I mean really , really amateur for a name like Schiaparelli. Another great fashion label without a clue!

    • dmkava

      A lot of ageism going on in these comments. What happened to sisterhood. I noticed T & L didn’t mention age once. What if it was a different dress with that pattern. She’d look perfectly springtime and beautiful.

      • alliekat9090

        I really dont think it’s ageism. I think of it as the opposite. A mature woman should embrace her age and own it instead of trying to keep looking like she did at 25. An older woman has an appeal that a 20 year old can’t pull off and a 20 year old can wear things that look desperate on a 50 year old. Nobody puts Helen Mirren in the corner and she is 65.

      • not_Bridget

        I think the dress could work–but that particular fabric would be insipid on anybody. SJP ought to go for glamour & sophistication rather than sweet innocence, especially in Schiaparrelli. (sp?) A better color & more dramatic accessories would help. And a decent bra. There’s no need to slump into middle-aged dowdiness.

        No need to chop off all her hair for one of those dreadful Hot Flashes do’s. Just have a few inches taken off & call in the colorist for a better shade. And have it put up when the look demands.

        About the hands–yes, they can look a bit bonier on fit & older ladies. I say she shouldn’t try to hide them like the ridiculous Madonna. Just get (buy or borrow) a piece or two of significant jewelry & leave the gypsy look for informal times….

    • Yoshio

      This would be lovely on Elle Fanning. With the exception of the true eccentrics (see Helena BC) embracing the unique glories of each age is the most elegant and appealing choice 90% of the time.

    • frannyprof

      Girl, that’s not your dress. Give it to a Fanning.

      • amf0001

        that is exactly what I was just thinking!

    • Mary Lauer

      Her hair looks totally exhuasted. From her playing with it all the time?!

    • somebody blonde

      She looks too short for it.

    • http://armchairauthor.wordpress.com/ LesYeuxHiboux

      Annasophia Robb can wear this dress. I’m not sure it was ever in Sarah Jessica’s wheelhouse. If it was, it phased out of her wheelhouse about 20 years ago.

    • Tiffany Birch

      As for pairing the hard-looking jewelry with the ethereal dress, wasn’t it Carrie Bradshaw’s thing to mix feminine clothes with edgy accessories? Perhaps Sarah still prescribes to that accessorizing? But I agree with you — simpler, more feminine jewelry would have elevated this look and not made it look so heavy. The dress and accessories are fighting against each other.

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

      She’s too old for this dress.

    • Mona_Visa

      Ms. Parker, I am a big fan. But this frock does not equal your beauty, style, or talent. REMOVE.

    • LuluBI

      The jewelry looks really random. Is it just me that hates that hard black inner-eye liner she sports? Doesn’t it look dated?

      • higgledypiggledy

        Dated, maybe, aging, definitely. Even Cathy Cambridge needs to ease up on the hard, dark eyeliner, and she is much, much fresher-faced than SJP. In my opinion, unless you are rocking a cool, defiant old lady look (see: Johnson, Betsey) you have got to step back from harsh eyeliner when your age starts with a 3 – and SJP crossed that line long ago.

    • veronicafish

      Sarah Jessica Parker! You are NOT Carrie Bradshaw! And frankly, Carrie Bradshaw is too old for this dress. Do better!

    • kim bunchalastnames

      ya, i’m old, so i both hate saying this and feel like i have a right to: it’s too young for you, honey.

    • Krumhorn

      I think she is looking considerably older than she really is in that outfit.

    • MaggieSays

      This is just a mess.

    • banga

      Schiaparelli is spinning in her grave. Why bother relaunch a brand in a way that has nothing to do with its originator?

    • Valerie Little

      Why is there always SO MUCH ageism in the comments here? Good lord.

      • Sabin

        Sometimes a garment just looks ridiculous on someone older, or stuffy on someone younger.

      • not_Bridget

        I agree. She would look better if she went for more sophistication, but why lament that she isn’t as cute as she was on Square Pegs? We aren’t as cute as we were back then, either. Leave “cute” to the teenyboppers–but still dare to look glamorous, if you’ve got what it takes. She does.

        • Valerie Little

          This. We certainly can point out when a dress is unflattering but taking shots at hair and arms and eyeliner because someone over the age of 30 isn’t ready to chop her hair and go salt and pepper while appearing in public dressed like Grandma Walton is just unnecessary bitchiness, and I’m surprised the Uncles condone it.

          • http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/ Tom and Lorenzo

            Since you’ve decided to drag us into this instead of directly responding to the people who have offended you, there is no mention of her arms in this comments section except when referencing the dress and how it’s shaped. The only mention of hands – “bony” hands no less – comes from not_Bridget, and I fail to see how mentioning her hair and makeup is somehow out of bounds, since those are factors constantly judged in the red carpet posts here.

            • Valerie Little

              More and more I see critiques focusing on an actress wearing something “too young” for her. There were comments made by a poster a couple days ago about Sandra Bullock and her “Madonna arms”. Comments about older actresses needing to cut their hair hide their arms, tone down their makeup and so forth abound on this site, not just this post- it’s a pervasive thing I’ve noticed: if you’re over a “certain age” apparently you better dress accordingly even if you have a slammin’ body. It’s difficult enough to be an aging woman in a youth oriented world, and it’s discouraging to see the ageism here.

            • http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/ Tom and Lorenzo

              Comments about younger actresses needing to change their hair and makeup and dress more appropriately for their body and age also abound on this site.

              The “Madonna arms” comment was deleted, so I don’t know why you’re complaining about it.

              If you’d like to disagree with some of the commentary here, I encourage you to do so, but I don’t appreciate these vague accusations directed at the commentary section as a whole and then, inevitably, at us.

            • Valerie Little

              I read the comment about Madonna arms and didn’t revisit it. Glad to know it was deleted.

    • Kelsey Jones

      Clown gown.

    • SierraDelta

      This whole look strikes me as being undone. The hair should be tousled instead of windblown. The jewelry should be simple and delicate instead of hard-edged and random. The sleeves should be off the shoulder instead of drooping near the elbow. SJP’s attitude should be confident instead of “Another day, another gala, sigh.” If Sarah Bernhardt could muster her considerable acting skills to convincingly portray Hamlet (when she was 56), then Ms. P. should also be able to muster hers to portray an elegantly fashionable woman happily attending a benefit for a worthy cause. That is, after all, why she gets the big bucks and we BKs don’t.

      • http://weirdinedgewise.blogspot.com ONEWEIRDWORD

        Yes! Well said!

    • http://weirdinedgewise.blogspot.com ONEWEIRDWORD

      Honey, please clean yourself up. Cray mismatched jewellery, fuzzy hair, a retro dress for a youth. Come on, we know you’re smarter than this.

    • t bell

      She looks awful in anything that she wears but this takes the cake. It really does look like a bed sheet and I bet you could find curtains to match. Yes, she is one of my irrational dislikes.

    • demidaemon

      This is an ugly dress. I’m sorry, but it doesn’t read as couture to me. And the bodice looks like it is about to slip down to her waist.

    • Cara Lo

      Amazingly enough, it actually looks better on her than it does on the model.

    • macwell

      I’m sorry, but this prairie trend is a little too reductive for its own good. It needs to stop, like yesterday…:(

    • Trickytrisha

      Mutton/lamb thing going on.

    • Anne

      With her hair down like that it makes it look especially bedsheet-y. I would love to see this with an updo and glammed up makeup.

    • judybrowni

      And it’s threatening to slid off her squished boobs.

    • ItAin’tMe

      Her face is so miserable I get depressed just looking at it. She is over.

    • Mojone

      She’s trying too hard to look exactly the same as she used to look.
      A look needs to evolve. For me, it’s not the dress as much as the
      hair and makeup. The center part and long, long hair is not flattering.
      (I’m a lot older than she is, and although I dress young for my age,
      I’ve made accommodations.)