When Jackie Met Carrie

thumbnail_B454FB50-71D6-4B8E-8CFE-CE033AC464BAOn my recent Sex & The City binge––all 6 series plus the first film, never the second––I was reintroduced to this dress which I created when I was a designer working for a big Italian fashion house. I used to do that sort of thing for my sins, you know. The dress was widely denounced by the powers-that-be within as something that no woman would want to wear, and only 8 of the style were made. Yet, somehow, one of them made its magical way into the fairy-godmother hands of NYC-based super stylist Patricia Field who then placed it onto Sarah Jessica Parker’s heavenly form for Carrie’s date with the diabolically bad Jack Berger. You can imagine with what delight I waved this in the face of the naysayers.

In the episode, Berger derided the little veiled accessory Carrie had rakishly popped on her head to accompany my dress (a flapper-inspired jersey cocktail number), then struggled to deal with her rising success as writer while his book deal fell through, and couldn’t handle a woman who could afford to buy him Prada on a whim, so he dumped her on a post-it with the words: “I’m sorry. Don’t hate me. I can’t.” With the poetic vision of hindsight I kinda wish I’d used those very words when I resigned from my position in the big design house. The takeaway: Trust your creative vision and spirit animal creatives are out there to catch it through osmosis, never date a writer, and make Prada purchases only for yourself.

I have many such stories from the designer trenches, I couldn’t help but wonder if maybe I should write a book. Oh wait, I did. It’s called “Silk for the Feed Dogs” and it’s available on Amazon and here is the link if you would like to know more…

10 comments

  1. Antonella

    brava Jackie!

  2. Silk for the Feed Dogs is a great book. I heartly recommend it.

  3. Morning Jackie! How are you?
    I was in Europe when Sex In The City came out, so I’ve never seen it (other than bits and pieces). I figure that I will watch it, Gilmore Girls, Game of Thrones, etc. when I am older. ;).
    Take good care.

    • Hi Dievca!
      Hope you’re staying warm! But you’re a hearty midwesterner and you’ve breezed through worse than this.
      I was in Europe too, but SATC didn’t escape me. With a lot of gay friends (in fashion), it became must-see TV, viewing parties and the works. I too have contemplated GoT but it’s too intimidating!
      I hope you’re well. I’m not so frequently on WordPress now because I found I couldn’t keep up with everything. Miss you!

  4. PS. The dress is perfect!

  5. 🙂 Always trust your own inspirations and gutt feelings, dear Jackie!
    Congratulations to you!
    Have a very HAPPY weekend 🙂
    Claudia xo

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