“OK, that’s all”. The magical words that Miranda Priestly quips whenever she is done with her military orders unleashed to her enslaved minions, especially her junior assistants. And that was when Andrea Sachs, a fresh college graduate enrolled into that ‘a job that millions of girls will die for’; little that she knew, that a Devil Wearing Prada was not going to merely disheveled her professional life but also her own personal life! Hahahal OK, that was me trying to have another un-cliched opening of a blog entry. Yeah, I finally managed to read the international bestseller by Lauren Weisberger which is “The Devil Wears Prada”!
My book! Picture from my Instagram.
I bought this outta of the curiosity, of all the hype surrounding this book as well as the film adaptation. I am never a “chick flick” (novel genres catered for girls) literature aficionado although I am quite an androgynous male. I found that the emotional expressions of a lady harbouring sensual fantasies for ‘hot males’ (descriptions of physical traits, etc) are somewhat mundane and quite boring. I experienced that when I read “50 Shades of Grey” in 2012 (REFER to https://undomiel84.wordpress.com/2012/09/28/the-new-literature-of-modern-masochism-kama-sutra-50-shades-of-grey-by-e-l-james/). Quite boring for me and dreaded to read pages of all these “drama queens” elements ala “American Dumb Blondes” conversation-esque.
Meryl Streep was honoured with Oscar nomination for her portrayal of Miranda Priestly; the so-called alter-ego to the ruthless Anna Wintour (so rumors said).
Nevertheless as I progressed chapters by chapters, I realized that this isn’t that bad. The insight description of how a renowned fashion magazine operates can be very enthralling with its big The Closet housing numerous branded stuffs from designers’ labels. Name them; they have them – Balenciaga, Fendi, Giorgio Armani, Givenchy, Tom Ford, Celine, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Burberry, Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Miu Miu, Alexander McQueen, Versace, Elie Saab, Vera Wang…………endless! And of course, the shoes they love are Jimmy Choos (hailed our Malaysian Datuk Jimmy Choo!).
Anne Hathaway as the meek and gullible fashion illiterate Andrea Sachs – which was said to be representation of Lauren Weisberger herself.
As a fresh college graduate, a writer aspirant Andrea Sachs who always want to write for “The New York Post” somehow found herself trying a one-year contract as Miranda Priestly’s junior assistant which means she has to do everything for Miranda :-
- getting her the morning latte; – always tall latte with 2 raw sugars and must be lukewarm. If it’s cold, Andrea had to re-order!
- book the flight tickets to Paris or Milan and MUST FIND flight tickets even when Miranda wants a last-minute ticket on Saturday night;
- schedules her appointments & meetings;
- does her laundry; although Miranda had maids and nanny at home
- buy “Harry Potter” novels for Miranda’s twins; although the novel is yet to be launched worlwide
– and many more! Miranda Priestly as ‘the most powerful woman in fashion’ is indeed a boss from hell, namely a devil. She always has her signature Hermes white scarf which her assistants would prepare hundreds in case if she were to use it for something else (she always demanded new ones).
Apparently, Meryl Streep purposely did not want to use the British accent as depicted in the book because she didn’t want it to be too much resembling Anna Wintour, hence to be too ‘biographical’.
Rumor has it that this novel was written inspired by Lauren’s own experience (You guys can check this link http://www.chasingthefrog.com/reelfaces/devilwearsprada.php) while working for Vogue’s editor-in-chief, the notorious Anna Wintour (I did mention that PETRONAS strategic communication maestro, Lizz Kamaruddin reminded me of Anna Wintour when I served as the moderator in the PR Seminar last May – no offense. I just liked her Iron Lady style; REFER to https://undomiel84.wordpress.com/2015/05/19/becoming-a-moderator-for-pr-seminar-2015-to-have-or-not-to-have-understanding-the-pr-roles-in-social-media-calc-hall-fakulti-bahasa-moden-komunikasi-upm-its-a-new-soundtrack-i/). Anna Wintour is well-known for her signature big black spectacle and the bob hair. A lot of ‘fashionistas’ sort of kowtow to her ‘sense of style’. But I like a comment I read in You-Tube about her that the bob hair makes her look like a constipated Dutch Boy. Oouch! Haha!
Emily Blunt as Emily Charlton; Andrea’s senior.
I like the dynamic of the surrounding in “Runaway” which of course demand the employees to be forever creative and fast-paced but for the characters; I don’t find anything appealing. Andrea Sachs was described as someone who was too tolerant with Miranda’s ridiculous antiques for the sake of her job (which happens to everyone but I just don’t like it!) while Miranda was portrayed as this ‘excessively stuck-up bitch that you feel like slapping her when she throws tantrums! But of course, the climax when Andrea had it enough at Paris and slammed the magic words – FUCK YOU, MIRANDA – was purely epic. Haha!
Lauren Weisberger, the author and the ex-assistant of Anna Wintour in Vogue.
On whole, as to mollify my curiosity on the hype of “The Devil Wears Prada”, the book answered that BUT to continue reading this kind of genre forever and endlessly? Sorry….I can’t. (,”) Not a total 100% mundane but certainly ain’t my cuppa tea. But somewhat an entertaining LIGHT READING. *Wink*. Anyway, I want to end this short review with what Bee Shaffer, Anna Wintour’s own daughter said in the documentary “The September Issue” which featured her mother as the main focus. She has quite an opposite view on fashion and I love her bold statement and all those fashion-freakazoid should take note of this :-
“I really don’t wanna work in fashion. It’s just not for me. I really respect her, obviously, uum…but, it’s really a weird industry for me and it’s just not for me. She wants me to be an editor. I don’t wanna put it down but I would never want to take it seriously. Some of the people there acted as if fashion is life and it’s just….it’s really amusing you can really make fun of them; but for that to be your career…it’s just….there’s other things out there.”
Anna Wintour. The editor-in-chief for Vogue since 1988. Said to be the Real Devil that wears Prada over Lauren Weisberger. The book was her roman a clef, so it was said.
I agree! She’s brilliant!