Sarah Jessica Parker’s character on the new HBO show “Divorce” would likely attend Art Basel every year — she’s an art history major and gallery owner. But regrettably, the actress says such is not the case for her in real life.
“This is my first time, and unfortunately, it’s a very short trip because I have go back. I have to be at work tomorrow morning in New York City at 8 a.m.,” she explained at Tuesday’s L’Eden by Perrier-Jouët and Vanity Fair party held at Casa Faena.
Nevertheless, Carrie Bradshaw’s alter ego managed to make quite a splash in a short amount of time. Arriving in a printed Rosella Jardini dress, jeweled SJP shoes and Fred Leighton jewelry, Parker said of her attendance, “I was very graciously invited to participate in this very extraordinary, what I assume to be rather singular, night. So I was very happy to say yes.”
As to the vibrant event, which included contortionists, magicians, and jugglers, Parker declared, “Tonight really is sort of like an alternate universe — a 12-hour alternate universe, and then I go back to reality.”
Due to the brevity of her trip, the actress said calling the Basel visit research would be incorrect, even as she begins filming season two of her show, which co-stars Thomas Haden Church. Nevertheless, the simple experience of being surrounded by so many renowned artists led her to reminisce about her own favorite artistic memories.
“I saw ‘Guernica’ when I was a little girl. I saw ‘Water Lilies’ when I was a little girl. I saw ‘Christina’s World’ when I was a little girl,” she said. “So art has been a huge part of my growing up life.”
That said, the art lover doesn’t feel she can quite match her knowledge against that of the Basel elite.
“I’m not immersed in it in a way a lot of people in Miami are at this particular event,” she said.
Midway through the evening, Parker changed outfits, donning a pink sequined Dolce & Gabbana party dress, and read a W.H. Auden poem. Simon Hammerstein, theatrical director and owner of The Box, choreographed Parker’s presentation, which ended with a twirl for the crowd and a champagne toast.
Other attendees of the event included actress Katie Holmes, model Shanina Shaik, model Petra Nemcova and Lady Victoria Harvey.
“I get to be part, very briefly, of the show, and just being included is a nice memory,” Parker said.