Sarah Jessica Parker‘s shoe line has taken her a lot of places. Back to Carrie Bradshaw’s front stoop. Into the iconic window displays at Bloomingdale’s (literally!). And now she’s covering the summer issue of Martha Stewart Weddings to celebrate her eponymous collection’s expansion into bridal shoes. (If you’re having major flashbacks to her “Manolo-proposal” from Mr. Big, you’re not alone.)
In the feature, Parker shows off her newest footwear designs and provides her best bridal tips for achieving perfect wedding-day style. The collection debuts new shades, like magenta and shimmering light pink, and each pair includes that “something blue” — a grosgrain ribbon stripe on the back of the shoe, an SJP signature throughout her line.
Although she wore teal velvet Robert Clergerie shoes to her 1997 wedding to Matthew Broderick, Parker found other ways to stick to the tradition. “I borrowed a handkerchief, someone gave me an old coin, and the dress was new, so I covered all my bases,” she tells the magazine.
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But one bridal fashion tradition she rebelled against was wearing all-white. “If I were getting married today, I’d likely wear cream, just to have that bridal experience,” says Parker, who wore a black gown on her big day. “Now I would want my dress to have an Oscar de la Renta feel, pockets below the waist, a very fitted bodice, a huge skirt, in taffeta or duchesse satin,” she explains. “That silhouette appeals to me because it’s old-fashioned yet can look very modern.”
She understands choosing a dress is a stressful decision, and she suggests to try on as many variations as possible. “Resist the temptation to go straight to a favorite silhouette, and instead rule nothing out,” she advises. “When getting ready for an important occasion, I will try almost anything on and very often end up being completely surprised.”
But her biggest piece of advice is to enjoy every moment. In the busy business of greeting guests during the day, “step back at times and focus on what you see,” she suggests. “Instead of working to make sure everything’s perfect, all the time, revel in the moments when guests loosen up. I think it’s nice when there are children running around with their bows untied and hair disheveled. It relaxes and touches people.”
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