It was a meeting of the three-initial club last night at Café Clover in the West Village.
Sarah Jessica Parker, the actress-turned-shoe-designer under the label SJP Collection, was fresh off her first collaboration with fashion darlings Ryan Lobo and Ramon Martin of Tome. The celebratory cocktail party was thrown by Todd Bishop and Lauren Santo Domingo (also known as LSD), cofounder of the Web site Moda Operandi, which will host an online trunk show of the colorful single-sole pumps. “When we saw Sarah Jessica’s shoes, we were all immediately taken by the quality — we thought they were incredibly well made,” said Santo Domingo. “There is an association with Sarah Jessica Parker and shoes, maybe for someone of my generation, there’s something…I don’t know what the word is, the draw is very strong.”
Certainly the draw was strong for the Tome designers. “We’re fans, and not just of her acting work,” said Lobo. “She has a fashion legacy and she has a quintessential New York footprint, not to pun on the shoes.”
Did the duo have any doubts about aligning their four-year-old label with a celebrity brand? “What eclipses all of that is that she’s such a creative person and she has an amazing vocabulary of fashion,” said Martin. “Her references, her knowledge on the history of fashion is absolutely incredible. So you forget all of that when you’re working with somebody who just knows what they’re talking about.”
“There’s nothing strategic in it — we just like her, and we like the shoes,” added Lobo.
Dressed in a pale pink tunic by Tome, Parker feigned modesty. “For a fledgling little shoe company like ours, we’re really lucky to even have this opportunity,” she said. “I mean, frankly, why would they take the chance with us? I think they have a really exciting voice, I think they have an enormously exciting future, and it was really our great privilege.”
As guests — Jessica Hart, Rachel Zoe, Jenna Lyons — circled the diminutive star, one came forward to profess admiration for her outfit. “I love what you’re wearing,” said Princess Elisabeth von Thurn und Taxis, whose pen name is, yes, TNT. “Oh! You can have it tomorrow. Seriously, it would look really good on you,” exclaimed Parker. Was the front sewn shut, Taxis wanted to know? It was, and Parker started untying her sash to prove it. “I have to go home soon,” she said, “so I might as well take this off.”