Sarah Jessica Parker wore a taffeta monstrosity to the NYC Ballet’s Fall Gala

2018 Ballet Fall Gala

Sarah Jessica Parker has long been a supporter of ballet, and she currently serves as vice-president to the New York City Ballet. She often attends the big opening events for the NYCB, and last night was their big Fall Gala. SJP was so thrilled, she brought two dates – her husband Matthew Broderick and her BFF Andy Cohen.

For the life of me, I cannot find the designer ID for SJP’s taffeta monstrosity. Considering the NYCB hired Gareth Pugh, Alberta Ferretti and Giles Deacon to design the costumes for the fall performances, my guess is that her ballgown is by one of those designers. The taffeta itself isn’t flat-out horrible, even though I really don’t like the whole “taffeta comforter, but in mullet dress form” vibe it gives off. What really kills me is the sleeves and shoulders. IT IS TOO MUCH. To have those architectural shoulder poofs AND sheer sleeves AND taffeta cuffs. It’s too much. Whoever designed this dress is doing too much.

2018 Ballet Fall Gala

2018 Ballet Fall Gala

Here’s Gwendoline Christie in silk pajamas, probably designed by her boyfriend Giles Deacon.

2018 Ballet Fall Gala

And here’s Kelly Ripa. Her normal dress soothes my eyes.

2018 Ballet Fall Gala

Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. Lightpurple says:

    Christmas decorations so soon?

    • Birdix says:

      More like a too bright distraction from the recent #metoo lawsuit facing the company and three of the now fired principal dancers who circulated photos/videos of their fellow dancers and former students.
      Even the ballet world is rife with toxic masculinity.

      • Ksias says:

        👆👆👆This. I’m disappointed it wasn’t mentioned with the article as it’s Truely horrifying what was going on. And it’s basically being swept under the rug.

      • K.T says:

        Oh man, I read about all the NYB scandals. People are saying that ‘coverup’ board should be gone, SJP included! From that ballet master’s decades of abuse allegation where they let him retire when it got on peoples radar. And now that horrific stuff with the donor & male dancers…#metoo gone wild. Wooh it was a lot 😬

  2. Elisabeth says:

    I see Brienne came in her pjs

    • Darkladi says:

      Brienne came to SLAY. I love this on her

      • Still_Sarah says:

        I like the look and, wow, does it look comfortable too! I have never found dressing up to be comfortable, so I am very envious of her outfit.

        And she’s given me a great idea for my next long haul (+12 hour) international flight.

      • raincoaster says:

        I love pajamas, but my favourite are day pajamas with a tee shirt under them and huarache sandals.

    • Wasabi says:

      Breanne made my dream of Pj’s becoming acceptable clothing in publuc come true. Here. For it.

  3. Veronica S. says:

    I’m not a fan of taffeta, but I find the operatic drama of the actual design fun. If I had that kind of money, I’d probably show up in poofy ball gowns to artistic performances, too, not even going to pretend otherwise.

    • Nancy says:

      I like it too. I like the color very much. This is probably the nicest comment I ever posted about a woman I don’t care for…lol. The green pajamas, seriously. Even Rihanna laughed at them.

    • Josephine says:

      I liked the design as well. I thought it was appropriate for the venue, and she looked happy in it. Not a fan of her, but I don’t mind this look at all.

    • minx says:

      I can’t believe I’m saying this, because I usually don’t like
      taffeta or SJP, but I actually sort of like it. It’s a different look for her and the color is flattering. Her hair, though, makes me want to take scissors to it. And that eye makeup…it’s not as bad as usual but it’s still not great.

      • SK says:

        I love it, she looks gorgeous.
        I’ve heard it said by designers that SJP has perfect proportions – maybe this is why she pretty much always looks great (even in some out there stuff). Also she has lovely colouring – olive skin, bright blue eyes and golden hair and an unconventional but beautiful all the same face.

      • Carol says:

        Yeah, I kind of like it too….on SJP….and I hate taffeta. But SJP can wear pretty crazy things and still look good.

    • raincoaster says:

      It was fun back in the 80’s when I wore this to the prom.

    • OldBeeyutch says:

      The design and drama are “on” but for this actress, the Color is “off”. The entire ensemble looks cheap and Santa at the mall.

    • Seraphina says:

      I like it too. Not a fan of SJP. But I like the dress. It’s fun. And I do not like Ripa’s dress. The PJs have to go too

    • Beddy9 says:

      I like it too.

    • dlc says:

      I like sjp’s dresses from the front, but not from the back.

  4. Nikki says:

    A woman went into a very exclusive hat store and asked the price of a hat. It was $500. Then she asked about a second hat, and was told it was $1,000. She gasped, “But it’s so plain!” and the salesman replied, “Madame, you are paying for the restraint.”

  5. Kelly says:

    What’s wrong with the dress? Fashion is all about having FUN! She looks happy, it’s a great color and it’s an interesting dress. If everyone wore the same type of dresses/clothes, we’d have nothing to talk about, right?

    • BrutalEthyl says:

      What’s wrong with the dress? Well, for one thing, in the last pic, it looks like one of those giant orange garbage bags that somebody blew up like a balloon and somehow SJP got trapped inside it. And the shoulders are horrible, but even worse since they look uneven, and worse yet if they were designed that way.

      SJP wore horrible “look at me!” crap on the last few seasons of SATC and looked like a fool. I would have thought she’d learned her lesson by now.

      • Ko Ko Puffs says:

        SJP’s sleeves remind me of those little orange floaties I wore on my arms learning to swim as a kid lol. I don’t love this look but I love how she’s never boring with her style.

    • Stella Alpina says:

      I’ll tell you what’s wrong with it. I can see the concept behind it, but the execution is a MESS. The dress is too big for SJP, like she was swallowed by a sleeping bag. It was meant for someone taller. As BrutalEthyl said, the puffy shoulders are uneven: the left side has a higher peak than the right. The long sheer sleeves are pointless. They are a pantyhose-like material that make her arms darker than her legs. And the sleeves end at the wrists with those silly frilly taffeta cuffs.

      This wreck of a dress must cost thousands. Either the designer is another one of the hacks that infest the fashion industry or he/she is trolling us. In the hands of someone talented, this could have been interesting.

      Since SATC, SJP believes in her own hype and thinks she’s a fashionista. Her often unflattering choices (clothes AND makeup) say otherwise.

  6. Naomi says:

    I actually don’t hate this? Sorry Kaiser I can’t believe I’m disagreeing with you! I think it’s fun and not too try-hard – unlike a lot of SJPs other fashion choices.

    I’m actually not in love with Kelly Ripa’s dress, it’s boring and staid and reminds me of my Nana’s Christmas table cloth.

  7. French girl says:

    I like the color,the drama of the dress and the fact that her haircut is cut and she didn’t wear many jewels but I dislike the handle resille

  8. Adrien says:

    Love it.

  9. Barrett says:

    Don’t shoot me….there is something I like ab it….and I don’t often like her stuff

  10. Kaiser says:

    y’all are really out here defending SJP’s sleeves huh

    • Nancy says:

      After a few cocktails, Andy Cohen ripped off one of the sleeves and put it on her head, kind of a beret situation since SJP is so divine. It’s fugly, but it’s her and I do like the color.

    • Astrid says:

      NO! some of us have taste and the SJP dress and styling aren’t it. Ehw, the hair, makeup and dress are hideous. I respect the work she does for the ballet but her look in the photos is horrendous.

    • minx says:

      The sleeves, no. They are bad.

    • Pft says:

      Was she going for a jacko lantern look? It needs triangle eyes and a one tooth smile with black sharpie…then i’d totally understand the dress. The color screams fall…it’s the only thing i like about it

  11. Nev says:

    its beautiful!!!!

  12. Prairiegirl says:

    It’s like a flashback from my prom circa 1987.

  13. Mego says:

    I’m in the fun and happy camp re this dress. Love the colour, she looks great and pulls it off unlike Lady Gaga in the MaCQueen.

  14. Skyblue says:

    I actually love SJP’s dress. The color is amazing and it is a gala for the ballet for goodness sake. Big, bold and dramatic!

  15. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    The 80s are back. Blagh. Those puffy shoulders are painful. The comforter look in candied taffeta is 80’s soap opera. I had a silk, emerald pantsuit exactly like Brienne’s in ’86 lol.

  16. HadleyB says:

    I like the dress on SJP but I can’t stand her…and she is friends with Cohen… both are horrible people.

  17. HK9 says:

    Even when bubble skirts were in style in the 80s, they were never good, so doing a monster bubble skirt in coral taffeta is just wrong. I couldn’t even lift my eyes to consider the sleeves.

  18. TaniaOG says:

    I love it too. It looks fun and comfy. Gwendolyn needs a better make up artist. There’s a lot of beauty there and her makeup did her no favours.

  19. Sam says:

    What is going on with SJP’s eye make-up?

    Her eyes looks so small with that black eyeliner slapped on.

    Awful, just awful.

    • AG-UK says:

      That’s what I wanted to say. She loves that eyeliner pencil or whatever and it makes her eyes look very small. She hasn’t really changed it up since SATC. Looks bad.

      • LoveBug says:

        @ AG-UK :
        I don’t know why so many women like to wear this harsh eye make-up.
        It doesn’t just makes their eyes look smaller and very close set, but really ages them, overall.
        It’s such a terrible look.
        Very few women can pulled the dark eyeliner look off .

  20. Bailie says:

    I find SJP extremely annoying and Andy Cohen is not far behind.

    Her eye make-up is hideous, makes her look 10 years older!!!!!

    The dress looks like a comforter, there is a better way to bring drama and high fashion.

    I love the color, it’s fun to see such a vibrant color for an evening event .

  21. Starkiller says:

    Wearing expensive, silk pyjamas in public is still wearing pyjamas in public.

  22. Leapin' Lizards! says:

    Wow, it IS a lot. Nice color on SJP at least, and it would better without the pointy sleeves.

  23. Barcelona says:

    That eye make up is really, really bad.

  24. Sleanne says:

    SJP’s dress and B’s silk jammas both brought the same thought: how wrinkled will both be after sitting through an event?!? At least Kelly’s will still look the same after sitting… Geeze, I’m turning into my Nana.

  25. broodytrudy says:

    I got a feeling this is a gareth pugh.

  26. Ashby says:

    I can barely focus on SJP’s dress, because the eye make-up is so terrifyingly awful…the color is nice.

  27. tuille says:

    I like the SJP dress except for the sheer sleeves.
    The green pajamas are ridiculously basic – not even contrast piping? Bottoms with a smoking jacket would have been cool.
    Ripa’s dress fabric reminds me of 1970s wallpaper.

  28. Marianne says:

    I actually kind of like SJP’s dress. It looks dramatic and fun.

  29. Mrs. Peel says:

    SJP needs to start dressing her age. Not that she doesn’t look great for her age, she does, but the dress is too cutesy.

  30. Charfromdarock says:

    I love the colour but those sleeves are hideous.

  31. Tallia says:

    Why does she line her inner eyes like that? Does she know it makes her eyes look so much smaller (and she has small eyes to begin with)? It also makes her look so much older. No. Just No.

  32. ladida says:

    I don’t like the sleeves but I like the structure of the dress, and the color.

  33. Boudica says:

    I don’t mind that strange looking dress on SJP. I wouldn’t ever considering wearing anything remotely like it myself, but she seems to be able to get away with wearing strange clothes. I think it has a lot to do with confidence. If you reckon you look good you feel good and exude confidence. However, my heart is with the lady in the green PJs. I think that is a fabulous idea! She can go straight to be when she gets home! 😀 Yay for silk PJs for evening wear!

  34. Jillybean says:

    I love those green pjs, even at a fancy even- Gwendoline rocked it!!

  35. Reece says:

    Aesthetically, the poofy sleeves balance the enormous bottom. Also it looks as if her right sleeve was crushed by Andy.
    Do I like it? no. Do I hate it? Nah. It’s VERY 80’s. I had a poof skirt like that but shorter as a kid.

  36. ex-Mel says:

    It’s a beautiful dress, a retro-late-50s thing. It’s not perfect in every detail (for my taste), but it seems well done, and it’s not fussy.
    The green pyjamas, though, really are a monstrosity.


  37. Meg says:

    I like SJP’s dress.
    I think she doesnt smile on red carpets to look like she has less wrinkles but ends up looking upset and grumpy
    I think she brought andy cohen because theyre both bitchy-given how she treated kim catrall i see how theyre friends now, but he was also brought because i dont think she and matthew have a very close relationship. Shes said she wishes they were closer, which is sad. If youre not on the same page as your spouse in terms of committment thats a big sign

  38. MaryJane1987 says:

    I have to disagree w/ Kaiser on this one… I absolutely LOVE this gown on SJP. I think she took a risk & it paid off : ) Really loving this color & this design on her. I do have to say that it most definitely is NOT for everyone… I feel as if SJP is absolutely one of only a handful of people who could pull this look off! Having said that… I must agree w/ a lot of the other commenters — I could do w/out the sheer sleeves/taffeta cuffs. I feel as if these elements actually take away from an otherwise gorgeous design!

    Agree with TUILLE’s comment about the green silk PJs… I think the bottoms paired w/ a smoking jacket could have been a super cool look! Fantastic idea! I never would have thought of that combo —- but as soon as I read your suggestion it made PERFECT sense!!! Would’ve worked MUCH BETTER than the look we see here.

    Kelly Ripa looks fantastic —- but I’m loving SJP’s look so much that for me there’s really no competition here… SJP wins the night in my eyes!

  39. Mb says:

    The dress is by Giles Deacon and it’s fab.
    In fact, all of these outfits are by Giles Deacon (sjp , Gwendoline, and Kelly)

  40. Stefanie says:

    I love SJPs dress!! Very interesting to look at

  41. hunter says:

    You guys are crazy, that red dress with the peep shoes is FIRE.

    Woah – I missed the sheer sleeves and pirate cuffs, that’s… not good at all.