Last night I had cocktails with Sarah Jessica Parker.
Well, I didn’t exactly have a drink and share confidences with the actress, but I was in the same room with her for the same reason: celebrating the launch of a new book by Laura Mercier, The New Beauty Secrets: Your Ultimate Guide to a Flawless Face (Simon & Schuster). Laura Mercier is a fantastic makeup artist and the creator of one of my all-time favorite makeup lines. Apparently, SJP had written the introduction to the book for Mercier. Certainly, she was the big draw for the roomfull of fashionistas who braved a very rainy night to be at elegant Bergdorf Goodman for the cocktail event.
It was my friend’s birthday, and she loves Sarah Jessica Parker (as do I) so I invited her to come along. We sipped nice champagne and nibbled little treats, until the flashbulbs starting popping for SJP’s arrival. There she was in person: smiling, delicate, and quite beautiful. She was dressed in in Alexander McQueen: a full black skirt and a very form fitting grey scopped neck top, encircled with a very wide black belt that made her waist look positively diminutive as if it had been cinched in with a Victorian corset. I loved her bib-like necklace that was sort of like a chain mail glowing with sparkling coppery crystals that glittered in the candlelight. Her hair was in a sleek ponytail without a hint of frizz (her favorite hairdresser, Serge Normant was there and obviously she hadn’t been walking in the rain and wind as my friend and I had). I caught her in a corner sitting alongside her publicist, checking out the book, but I didn’t want to disturb her because I’m sure she is continually mobbed..so I just slipped my card to her publicist and went back to drinking champagne!
The room was filled with beautiful people predominantly dressed completely in black, with perfect hair (does no one walk or go outside at all?). It was simply, elegant, and delightful. I, by contrast, had been buffeted by the wind and soaked by the rain. I looked frizzy and not terribly elegant…but I didn’t care–I was happy to be there.
And, as to the book which I had hoped to see along with Laura mercier, I didn’t get a chance to really check either, out, but I did take a peek at a stack on a table. The book is an oversized format with glossy photos and, hopefully, some “beauty secrets” from Laura Mercier, whose makeup The Advice Sisters have reviewed, and loved, for years. I hope to be reviewing the book in my What Works Cosmetics, Beauty and Fashion Review Column for December, so watch for it. Also, I’ll be reviewing the book in my subscription Enews. It’s free, so if you want a copy, visit http://www.advicesisters.net/thankyou.html and fill out the form completely!