Sarah Jessica Parker Talks Fashion, Sex Movie
Actress Sarah Jessica Parker hasn't just been resting in her Manolo Blahniks during the three years since Sex and the City went off the air.
Besides starring in films like The Family Stone and Failure to Launch, she's created a fashion collection called Bitten for the reasonably priced chain Steve & Barry and even played fashion editor for the July issue of O magazine.
Parker, 42, stopped by the Today show on Friday to chat about her latest project with Matt Lauer.
Having grown up in a family that was on a tight budget, the actress explains that it was important to her that every item in the line be priced under $20.
"I mean, I grew up with not a whole lot of access to things that were costly," says Parker. "I come from a family where my mother had to be very intrepid and industrious about things. So I'm keenly aware of things not being accessible to people, especially to women and especially when it comes to fashion."
Diversity was also at the forefront of Parker's mind while she was designing her collection.
"What appealed to me about this is the idea of making fashion accessible to all women in this country despite their economic status, their age, their size, their ethnic background, their shape, their anything. And I think it's sort of just democratization of fashion that I really love."
In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Parker, whose designs have been criticized for being too "junior's section," admits that the line isn't necessarily a reflection of her personal style.
"There's a lot of stuff from this line that other women will wear better then me, that actually suits them better. That's the thing about fashion, you can't just do what you want to wear. You have to think about other sizes, shapes and colors of women."
Meanwhile, the second round of negotiations for a Sex and the City movie continues apace. After the hit HBO series took its final bow in 2004, there was discussion of a movie, but negotiations ended, reportedly because of feuding between Kim Cattrall and the rest of the cast, which includes Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon.
"I feel more hopeful this time, but there still remains so much stuff, simple, logistical things to be done and hammered out," Parker told Lauer.
Parker reiterated to ET that talks have been hitting some snags, but not due to strife among cast members.
"This is a very complicated puzzle to put back - not for reason that people speculate about because as far as I know all of the actresses want to be together again for this movie." She added, "It's a wonderful idea to ponder and I'm not being cagey but it's a complicated affair to get that show up and running for a finite period of time."