Last night, Sarah Jessica Parker hosted a swanky fundraiser for President Obama in her West Village townhouse. Anna Wintour co-hosted, and attendees paid $40,000 a person to attend with fellow party-goers including Meryl Streep and Michael Kors. It was a big night, but surely Parker, if anyone, should have been prepared: She’s a New York City fashion icon who has been on the cover of Vogue and played a Vogue contributor on TV! But alas, according to today’s New York Post, her home decorating style didn’t exactly measure up to Vogue’s expectations.
The Post says that Wintour and her stylish daughter Bee Shaffer were spotted visiting the townhouse as movers were transporting furniture in and out to prep for the event:
Sources said the fashion oracle wanted to clean out SJP’s “shabby chic” furniture. One told us, “Anna was going crazy about the decorating. She was having a lot furniture removed and sending all of SJP’s tchotchkes upstairs.
“Some of the stuff in the house was shabby chic, and let’s just say, Anna wanted less shabby, and more chic,” the source added.
Ouch! That’s ice cold.
Parker may be “extremely thin and very well-dressed and therefore, qualified to be in Vogue” — to use the now-notorious words of Vogue contributor Joan Juliet Buck, describing why the magazine printed an ultra-flattering profile of Syrian first lady Asma al-Assad. But that doesn’t mean her interior decorating is up to snuff.
The gossip item shouldn’t come as a surprise. Wintour is a notorious micro-manager — or an appropriately exacting manager, depending on how you look at it. She was rumored to demand that all Vogue editors wear pink dresses to last month’s Met Ball. She even required that they take pictures of themselves in their dresses, with various hairstyle options, and send them to her for approval in advance.
The fundraiser item goes on to say that after Wintour made her adjustments to Parker’s home, the house was so out of whack that the actress, Matthew Broderick, and their three kids “had to live upstairs in the house” until the fund-raiser was over.
Then again, this whole article might just be a case of the Post creating a lady-on-lady catfight where none exists, and setting Wintour up as a snob because the conservative paper suspects she’s angling for an ambassadorship, and can therefore use her snobbery as a weapon to attack the president. Another source tells the Post: “Anna didn’t decide the décor. That was done in a meeting without her.”
But hey, that’s no fun. It’s Friday. Isn’t it more fun to imagine an imperious Wintour turning up her nose at Parker’s overstuffed pastel sofa and silently making a slicing motion across her neck?