This month Sarah Jessica Parker cashes in on her typecast alter ego Carrie Bradshaw and partners with one of the most well known shoe makers in the world, Manolo Blahnik, to create a rather middle of the road, or should I say Middle-America, collection of strappy footwear.
I was really excited to hear about this collaboration – I expected sex appeal, New york city chic with and the quirky twist SJP is known for in her roles as she stilt-stomping Bradshaw. On or off screen SJP always threw the style guide out the window and wasn’t shy to break the rules. She was one of the first gals to put joggers with strappy T-bars and a denim jacket and somehow NOT look like trailor park trash. Instead the collection is a sexless not sex-y, these shoes wouldn’t look out of place on the sale rack at New Look.
SJP says “I’m a firm believer in quality and timelessness and have created this collection with the hopes that women will love wearing it for years to come”, noted, but on the whole I think the collection is too safe. It is a wholly feminine offering but there is no sense of “now” about the shapes she’s used. Maybe it will excite American palettes but I don’t see the collection doing well in Britain. SJP cites the 70’s and 80’s as design influences, but these styles are reminiscent of the more forgettable shapes and colours from these decades,not ones we would like to relive as retro says.
Okay, maybe I am being too harsh, but like many young women I lusted after every feminine and eccentric “Carrie” ensemble on TV. I can still re-run the box set and admire her brave and free approach to style. So where did it all go wrong? This collection should have been mind-blowing, a sell out like every H&M / Designer collaboration, break my bank desirable, camp out side the store, crash the website lust-worthy.
IS THIS SOME KIND OF JOKE? IS THAT A SHOE OR SOCCERMOM ROADKILL?
OKAY, if you are twisting my arm I would actually wear these cute, patent mary-janes but HELLO??? If you know your SATC episodes you will know these are a complete rip-off of the pair off MB Mary-Jane’s Carrie tries on in the Vogue closet! Imaginative.
The collection is available and exclusive to Nordstorm on February 28, although British shoppers can buy it online at Nordstrom.com as well.