Besides fame and wealth, one of the best perks of stardom is all the free stuff. Yes, even though celebrities can afford to buy whatever they want, people are literally offering to give things away to them on a regular basis. This is particularly convenient when those things are items the celebrity collects.
Take actress Sarah Jessica Parker, for example. The petite actress best known as Carrie Bradshaw in “Sex and the City” became a de facto fashion icon in 1998 when the TV show premiered on HBO to instant success. In the years since, Carrie has made high-end designer shoe brands, such as Manolo Blahnik, Jimmy Choo and Louboutin, household names. Her footwear fetish followed her to the silver screen in “Sex and the City: The Movie” and “Sex and the City 2”, which opens in theaters today.
In the process, Sarah Jessica Parker suddenly found herself amidst some of the world’s most stylish shoes—many of which she picked up while on set. “I’ve inherited a lot because I played this girl once on a show and she likes shoes, so I probably have, I don’t know, countless,” she told Yahoo OMG. Now Parker, who only had one or two shoes at a time growing up, has an entire closet dedicated to fancy footwear at home. Blahnik even named a shoe in her honor, the “SJP.”
Parker has become such a shoe guru, in fact, her husband, actor Matthew Broderick, has himself become a collector by proxy. “I have a lot of shoes…she buys me shoes,” he said at the Oscars this year. Broderick also collects musical instruments, such as trombones, and iIlly cups (a series of cups designed by contemporary artists), according to What Celebrities Collect by Michele Karl.
Collecting isn’t the only thing Parker does with shoes and fashion in general. The Hollywood actress started designing them too, first for her own low-cost line called Bitten, which were for sale only at the now defunct discount store Steve & Barry’s. More recently, she signed on to design for Halston Heritage Label, the house’s secondary line featuring archival looks. Perhaps this new venture will inspire her to start a vintage collection to match her shoes!
[Photography courtesy of the "Sex and the City 2" Facebook page.]