S.J.P. Already Getting Hand-Me-Downs

Who would dare to send Carrie Bradshaw onto a red carpet in a hand-me-down dress? Nina Ricci’s artistic director, Olivier Theyskens, apparently.

Cathy Horyn broke the story over the weekend in the Times that the strapless Theyskens-designed Nina Ricci gown worn by Sarah Jessica Parker to the premiere of Sex and the City—which Ms. Parker believed to never have been publicly worn before—was in fact worn by socialite Lauren Santo Domingo to the Met Costume Institute ball on May 5.

And it gets worse! Theyskens, who assured Ms. Parker during the fitting that the dress had never been worn anywhere but magazine shoots, arrived at the ball with Ms. Santo Domingo.

The actress told Ms. Horyn,


“In the big picture, this is not important, but there is a relationship between the entertainment industry and fashion. We’ve watched sales dwindle and we’ve watched people be less inclined to spend money on clothes. Look, my affection for the dress hasn’t changed, but what they did was so short-sighted. It’s just unethical and disappointing that they would allow the dress to be worn again.”


And regarding being misled by Mr. Theyskens, the actress said, “He didn’t say, ‘Well, actually I just escorted Lauren down the red carpet at the Met. I just wish it had been handled differently and they had been straight about it.”

Mario Grauso, the president of the fashion division at Puig, responded by saying, “I’m upset that she’s upset.” Followed by a shaky explanation that he didn’t feel he had to mention the fact that Ms. Santo Domingo wore the dress less than a month prior because she is just a socialite, who worked at Vogue.

“Is Lauren a celebrity?” Grauso asked. “It depends on how you look at it.” He continued to say that he and Mr. Theyskens thought of her as just a friend, and then asked, “Does everybody look at Style.com?” The fashion website has a photo documenting the gown’s first public appearance.

Since then, a commenter on the Times‘ site has also unearthed a photo of Lindsay Lohan wearing the dress for a Harper’s Bazaar photo shoot.

S.J.P. Already Getting Hand-Me-Downs