Friday, August 5, 2011

Ask a Supermodel: Sarah Jessica Parker - Style Icon?

I wrote this post recently and it viralized over the web this past week.  Ny Daily News, The Washington Post, Perez Hilton, etc all picked it up and ran with it.  I'd like to know what everyone here on Model Wire thinks about the statements I made.   

Do you think Sarah Jessica Parker is a style icon?  Does she represent fashion? 

Here's the post in full:

How much money do you think the studios paid to put Sarah Jessica Parker on the cover of Vogue?  I'll tell you why I ask, I'd like to know how little Vogue is willing to accept to give Sarah Jessica Parker the credit that Patricia Field deserves.

Sarah Jessica Parker is not the fashion icon Anna Wintour and all the other fashion business heads want you to believe. 
See?  This is back when she made her own fashion decisions. 

Remember when she did the exclusive $38 million multi-season artistic director contract for Gap? Remember the financial disaster that ensued and how quickly Gap dropped her?  Remember how Gap had to go back to using and paying supermodels 1/10th of their day rate to reshoot that season's White Jean campaign because Sarah had been given the majority of the advertising budget?  The brand returned to its good financial standing because of this move.  Models bailing out celebrities again.  
Isn't it time to start paying models and stop wasting money chasing after US Weekly dollars?  
It's cheap.  It's lame.  It's obvious.  And fashion isn't any of those things.  
It's also a complete lie.  The public already knows most celebrities don't dress themselves.  Please stop calling them icons when the only thing they've done to deserve the title is fit into the sample size of a dress a stylist picked off a runway that the artistic director of say, Versace, decided to put on the runway in the first place. Not only is a celebrity last in a long chain of creative decisions; most of them don't even decide what goes on their bodies, Sarah Jessica Parker being one of them. 
The artistic directors and stylists that make these decisions for brands should be given the praise.  For instance, Patricia Field, who created SJP's look and got the ball rolling on her.  
Sarah, please, please go back to squeaking at lacy Louboutins and man-childs who don't treat you right. I refuse to buy any more magazines with you on the cover promoting films. 
Is anyone else annoyed? 
Oh, and let me quickly answer the question on the cover: How does she do it? 
She employs a small army of people. 



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