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Bibby Sowray

Sarah Jessica Parker is launching a shoe line with Manolo Blahnik

Sarah Jessica Parker is synonymous with shoes, particularly sky-high designer ones, thanks to her definitive role as Manolo-loving Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City - it comes as little surprise then that she's in the process of creating her own line of footwear.

In yet another parallel to her SATC character, the actress's business partner in the venture is Manolo Blahnik CEO George Malkemus. Though shoes will be the focal point of the brand, which will take her initials as its name, there will also be bags and "a few" trench coats available when it goes on sale exclusively at US department store Nordstrom in 2014.

"In a silly way, I think it's what people have expected of me most because of Carrie Bradshaw," Parker admitted to . "It's sort of soup to nuts. You put on a shoe and you put on a coat and you wear a bag and, on the outside, when you're walking down the street, they really can tell the same story about yourself," she continued.

But how will SJP be any different to the multitude of accessories labels already on the market? "We're putting new colours together that people don't typically do, just beautiful combinations that you wish existed in your closet," she says. "And in terms of bags, thinking about that period of the seventies into the eighties, what those women were carrying, taking away the bells and the whistles and hardware and really making it about the bag." So there you go.

Prices will start at $200 for flats and single-sole pumps, while bags will retail for under $700, but there's no word on whether the collection will be available over here in the UK yet.

Sarah Jessica Parker
Sarah Jessica Parker
Proving that bare legs and bare boobs do not a good match make, SJP ignores the old adage of showing off one or the other. Too much leg, too much chest and while we're on the subject, too much of that LWren Scott jacquard mini dress.Verdict: Miss
SJP in a shimmering asymmetrical Halston dress
High fashion for the 34th Kennedy Center Honors held at the Kennedy Center Hall of States on December 4, 2011 in Washington, DC.
Flower power. The elegant clinched waist on her Elie Saab Couture gown' combined with the sleek up do make this look a style triumph. Carrie would be proud.Verdict: Hit
Understated sophistication for SJP when she attended the NBC Entertainment Cinema Society with Volvo premiere of 'Smash' at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on January 26, 2012 in New York City.
SJP is in danger of falling into the granny category here but just about pulls it off at the 'New Year's Eve' premiere at Ziegfeld Theatre on December 7, 2011 in New York City.
Described by the 3am girls as resembling a condom, we think her Chanel Couture dress for the 2010 Oscars is so much better than that. As for the chip shop hair, we are saying nothing.Verdict: Hit
For the the 2010 premiere of SATC2 Miss Parker chose Alexander McQueen. What was delivered was a creation that was more night at the circus than night at the movies. Erratic, misshapen and creating the impression that her left boob is a wild animal trying to escape, do we even need to mention that hat ?Verdict: Miss
Neat, sleek, easy, breezy and with just the right amount of sex appeal. Reminding us what elevated her to icon status, SJP's floor skimming number was a fashion triumph at the New York Premiere of 'I don't know how she does it".Verdict: Hit
All that glitters. SJP looked sensational in a sparkling Alexander McQueen gown at Alexander McQueen Savage Beauty Costume Institute Gala back in May.Verdict: Hit
Meanwhile, across town at the New York Ballet, Carrie heaps further misery on an ill chosen Valentino gown with a crisscross body bag. Can someone show this lady how to use a clutch.Verdict: Miss
Sarah's LWren Scott dress skims her body in all the right places and that crossover bag has been consigned to goodwill. A bit too much boob, but who can argue with nude ?Verdict: Hit (just)
A very yummy mummy. SJP turned a family outing into a fashion feast for the premier of Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Teaming a chiffon Oscar de la Renta gown with a tailored Ferragamo jacket, the end result is classic but stunning.Verdict: Hit
We are not sure what the original intention was behind this Giambattista Valli creation but the end result is that SJP looks as if she's about to join a cult. Note to SJP - dressing like the Spanish Inquisition can only ever lead to a fashion fail.Verdict: Miss
Working nine-to-five. SJP puts her own particular spin on office politics in a rather racy two piece. That perfect power dressing is given further va va voom with a pair of petrol pumps.Verdict: Hit
There's a time and a place to look like a dominatrix and Vogues Fashion Night Out isn't one of them. Not only does the Prabal Gurung leather dress look a bit too much Xena Princess Warrior, but those white stilettos further compound the misery.Verdict: Miss
Sarah Jessica Parker and Prabal Gurung finally triumph. The high cut pink trousers and 70's inspired red blouse mean that SJP aces this seasons blocking trend. Floaty, preppy and proof after all that sometimes white stilettos do work. Cheryl Cole please take note!Verdict: Hit
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 04: Sarah Jessica Parker attends HBO's In Vogue: The Editor's Eye screening at Metropolitan Museum of Art on December 4, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for HBO)
Actress Sarah Jessica Parker arrrives at the amfAR (The Foundation for AIDS Research) gala that kicks off the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week February 6, 2013 in New York. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 07: Sarah Jessica Parker sighting on February 7, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Alo Ceballos/FilmMagic)
US actress Sarah Jessica Parker poses for photographs during the annual BAFTA British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Opera House in London on February 10, 2013. AFP PHOTO/Carl COURT (Photo credit should read CARL COURT/AFP/Getty Images)
Actors Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 04: Actress Sarah Jessica Parker attends the Guild Hall: Academy Of The Arts Lifetime Achievement Awards at The Plaza Hotel on March 4, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images)
Sarah Jessica Parker

It's not Parker's first flirtation with the design world. She acted as president and chief creative officer of Halston Heritage for a year and half, but left after a number of changes saw the business being taken in a direction she didn't want to pursue.

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