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Sarah Jessica Parker to launch shoe collection with Manolo Blahnik

The Sex in the City actress certainly wore enough of them in the award-winning U.S TV show, and now fans of the programme can share their love of designer shoes, as Sarah Jessica Parker revealed today that she is launching her very own shoe collaboration with Manolo Blahnik. Simply called SJP, the footwear collection is due to launch early next year, but already the buzz has started, with eager fans wanting details of designs and prices.

Sarah Jessica Parker by David Shankbone

Sarah Jessica Parker by David Shankbone

The SJP line will be sold exclusively at Nordstrom and shoes are said to cost in the region of between $200-$300. The collaboration between Manolo Blahnik CEO George Malkemus and Sarah Jessica Parker will not only launch a new footwear line, but reports suggest that it will also feature a handbag collection and a line of trench coats, which the actress promises will feature ‘beautiful combinations’ of colors.

In an interview with Vogue magazine, the 48 year-old actress said: “In a silly way, I think it’s what people have expected of me most because of Carrie Bradshaw.” The collaboration really is a match made in heaven, as SJP’s character in Sex in the City had a huge love of designer shoes, and in particular, Manolo Blahniks. And there are some who say that it is Ms Parker who really put the designer label on the fashion map.

The mother of three is said to have had a ‘hands on’ role with creating the collection, telling Vogue that: “We’re putting new colors together that people don’t typically do, just beautiful combinations that you wish existed in your closet,” she adds. “And in terms of bags, thinking about that period of the seventies into the eighties, what those women were carrying, taking away the bells and the whistles and hardware and really making it about the bag.”

Mr Malkemus has been credited with turning Manolo Blahnik from a ‘fledgling to designer with tiny U.S. sales’ to a huge global empire, according to WWD, and has run the company for the last 31 years.

Sarah Jessica Parker admits that she learnt a lot about shoes, thanks to her role on the TV show: “Because I got to play that role, I wore a lot of shoes, and by default I learned an enormous amount. It’s hard to walk away from that.”

Ms Parker has dipped her toes into the fashion world previously, as she acted as the creative director of Halston Heritage from January 2010 to July 2011. And as an obvious style icon for women all over the world, she has many opinions and ideas, when it comes to design and creativity. “It’s sort of soup to nuts,” she says. “You put on a shoe and you put on a coat and you wear a bag and, on the outside, when you’re walking down the street, they really can tell the same story about yourself.”

We will bring you more details of Ms Parker’s collaboration when we get them.

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