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  • Dress (worn as top) by Jonathan Saunders; skirt by Delpozo; ring by Ana Khouri

    evening at the Diane von Furstenberg Awards. Created in 2010, the ceremony honors women “who have transformed the lives of others through their commitment, resources and visibility”. Parker was inspired, even admitting to taking a selfie with one of the winners, Veronika Scott. “Which I never do, because I feel like an idiot,” says the actress. “But you wouldn’t believe how bright Veronika is.”

    The pair exchanged email addresses and Parker is eager to help the young woman, who designed a self-heated coat that transforms into a sleeping bag for the homeless. All of the winners made an impression on Parker, who usually prefers to spend her evenings at home with husband Matthew Broderick, their son James Wilkie, 11, and four-year-
    old twin daughters Marion (known as Loretta) and Tabitha who, says their mother, would be arguing over whether to listen to songs from Frozen or The Sound of Music

    The powerhouse behind the awards, Diane von Furstenberg, is, naturally, a friend. “I am very taken

    with her,” says Parker. “The more I know the deeper part of her, the more I like her. She says crazy, wonderfully outrageous things!”

    Thanks in no small part to one particular part – Sex and the City’s Carrie Bradshaw – designer friends are something the actress has in abundance. The established, yes – DVF, Oscar de la Renta, Manolo Blahnik (with whose business partner, George Malkemus, Parker has designed her own line of shoes and bags) – but also the likes of Prabal Gurung and Giles Deacon, who dressed her for the Met ball last year. “Oh, he’s the sweetest!” Parker enthuses. “Giles’ designs have such a great sense of humor and irony, but they’re also beautiful and look great on a woman.” (Deacon returns the compliment, calling the actress “a total treat!”)

    “I was really afraid of SOCIAL media. When I look at Twitter I SCROLL with one eye open and one CLOSED”

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