• Sarah Jessica Parker is clearing out her closet. Not a yearly edit of worn jeans and down-at-heel shoes, rather a vigorous expulsion of all the items she never finds time to wear and no longer sees the point of holding on to. “I think I wear seven percent of what’s in my closet. I have more pants, more jeans, more corduroys than I ever imagined I’d own in my life,” she says, with feeling. “I have dresses I keep, and I go, ‘Better not throw that out because I’m gonna have an occasion’. But the occasion never presents itself and this weekend I am cleaning it all out. I said to my husband, ‘It’s going to be an echo chamber in there.’”

    The very idea of Parker’s most famous character, Carrie Bradshaw, paring down her wardrobe to a collection of jeans and shirts is fashion blasphemy. But then there is a new Carrie in town, literally, as HBO series, The Carrie Diaries, a prequel to the series Sex and the City, has just premiered. How does she feel about another actress playing the role she so definitively brought to life? “I’m not sure… You know, I think it’s one of those tests

    of your generosity. She [Anna­Sophia Robb] is a lovely girl and I want her to feel good about it, but it’s… odd.”

    Bradshaw may be the role that brought Parker worldwide fame, but it is by no means the sum total of Sarah Jessica Parker. Performing since the age of 14 (on Broadway), the 47-year-old actress has a work ethic that would put most to shame. Alongside her film projects (not to mention her adored three children, James Wilkie, 10, and three-year-old twin girls Tabitha and Loretta), Parker runs her own production company, is on the board of The New York City Ballet, is a UNICEF Ambassador and fund­raises for New York schools. She is circumspect about the roles she takes on, turning down plays, one of her great acting loves, because she is unprepared to miss her

    “I think I wear seven percent of what’s in my CLOSET. I am cleaning it all out!”

    Dress by Haider Ackermann; shoes by Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane

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