The Devil Wears Prada
Today, straight from real fashionistas, we learn how stupid the rest of America is for thinking Gucci and Dolce & Gabanna are fashionable. Nobody at Conde Nast actually wears Pucci or Dior ... Marc Jacobs is so much hipper. He does Oprah, ok people? And god! Like, you really think anyone would carry an Hermes to work? Get real.
Those costumes are "a caricature of what people who don't work in fashion think fashion people look like," said Anne Slowey, the fashion news director of Elle ... "the clothes are a little too head-to-toe perfect," Ms. Slowey said.
Besides the clothes being perfect, Meryl Streep is just too pretty (huh?), nobody ever has time to change between skim lattes and fashion shows, and it's not like you can, like, actually raid the Vogue closet. Anna Wintour would gouge your eye out with the heel of her Jimmy Choo.
God. People who think fashion industry girls' lives are just like the movies are so wrong. Those who really live this way are actually thinner, meaner, and don't need labels to feel important. Hello, their daddies can totally buy and sell most people's entire family.
The Duds of 'The Devil Wears Prada' [Ruth LaFerla, New York Times]
Big surprise here — Maureen Dowd relates to the "devil" character in The Devil Wears Prada. No, we're not saying MoDo is a raving bitch ... it's just that we would naturally expect her to relate to the older, more established character of Mirandy Priestly than to the shat on peon assistant Andy Sachs.
In a bootleg TimesSelect column, we can read Dowd's confessions: she treats her assistants pretty fairly (if forcing someone who went to Yale to help you pick your cellphone ring is fair), and she sympathizes with the panic inducing fear that other high-powered media people install on their assistants. Yet, she asks, isn't that paying dues? Shouldn't fashion assistants have a clue about what the fuck is going on in the Monolo clad world around them?
Is it so wrong of Miranda to expect her assistant, Andy Sachs (played by Anne Hathaway), to know how to spell Gabbana, reach Donatella and ban freesia? Is it so bad to want help getting a warm rhubarb compote for Michael Kors? Or to have an assistant who knows what an eyelash curler is?
Of course it isn't wrong to expect those things. What's wrong is when you scream and yell and throw coffee in your assistant's face, or send her cross country with a dress only to turn around and come right back, or keep her tied up all day on Saturday with your personal shopping, Christmas wrapping, and doctor appointment scheduling. Dowd concludes that maybe Anna Wintour is a monster, but "it's more admirable to be the beast to which the parasite attaches itself than to be the parasite."
And yet, to overworked, underpaid, under-appreciated, struggling assistants everywhere, Andy is the hero. And while Lauren Weisberger may be a (really annoying) parasite, the bitchiest thing any successful person can do is scoff in the face of the successful underdog.
Why are we so obsessed with The Devil Wears Prada? Because it's the most over promoted movie among our industry ever? Because it depicts an icy Ana Wintouresque EIC? Because it has Adrian Grenier in it? Yes, yes, and yes.
The latest in a series of stunts directed at EA's (the most notable being the mass invite of "high powered assistants" to the premiere) DWP is hosting "National Coffee Break Day."
On June 27, the new motion picture ???????The Devil Wears Prada??????? invites office employees across the country to enjoy a free coffee beverage, between 2:00-4:00pm, at a specially selected caf???? or market in their area. In recognition of overworked assistants everywhere, The Devil Wears Prada declares it National Coffee Break Day.
We're so sure Kate White and Jann Wenner will cut their assistants some slack when, instead of organizing the pencil drawer or picking up drycleaning, the peons are out for coffee. Hey, it's a great way to lose your job and write a book about it! The locations which will cause the mass firing of assistants across Midtown, after the jump.CONTINUED »
The fashion industry is totally filled with bitches and divas. Quite possibly, the most bitchy divas of them all find a home within the world of fashion magazines. Yes, of course we knew this, but until the New York Times finds it true, it doesn't really count. Actually, we will go so far as to assume everyone knows this — hence the appeal of a book turned movie deal like The Devil Wears Prada.
Even so, Lauren Weisberger must be pretty thrilled that the adaptation of her novel is being praised as a type of bible for fashion mavens among the same elitists who once graced the hallways of Vogue and Bazaar.
Disciples of the fashion tribe will surely say "The Devil Wears Prada" exaggerates their manners and proclivities. It doesn't. The movie is easily the truest portrayal of fashion culture since "Unzipped," the 1995 documentary about Isaac Mizrahi.
Wait a minute, now. We worked "around" fashion for a hot minute (we hate to claim we were ever actually "in it"), and we always thought Zoolander or maybe Ready to Wear were the truest portrayals of fashion culture. Plus, we were sort of hoping DWP was going to be based on the book — which was pretty focused on how awful that whole "magazine culture" thing is.
In 'The Devil Wears Prada,' It's Not Couture, It's Business (With Accessories) [Ginia Bellafante, New York Times]
As if The Devil Wears Prada couldn't get more mainstream than Anne Hathaway, Amazon has decided that girls all over the world should have a special place to shop where they too can dress up like Anna Wintour's bitch.
Starting today, Amazon.com customers can shop the new The Devil Wears Prada boutique in the Apparel & Accessories store for film-inspired products, including a handbag designed exclusively for the film by costume designer Patricia Field and worn by Anne Hathaway's character, Andrea Sachs.
Brilliant. But, just to be nice, we'd like to give this little warning to girls from Nebraska who will eventually be applying for a job at Vogue: don't wear a Patricia Field bag to your interview. Anna might actually throw up on you.
You'd have better luck wearing a fur and holding a sign that says "I heart Anna" or eating an omelet while riding in the elevator with her.
• The actor you refer to as "that guy locked up in the basement" on Desperate Housewives will hereto be known as "the guy that exposed himself on the set of Desperate Housewives — and no, not Joey Buttafuoco." And yeah, he (Page Kennedy) has been fired. [AP]
• Anna Wintour isn't taking The Devil Wears Prada movie sitting down — at least not in an ergonomically correct throne. She's warning fashionistas and actors that any involvement in the Meryl Streep movie will make them invisible in the eyes of Vogue. Unless they're fat, and in that case they should've given up hope long ago. [Radar]
• Britney Spears saw a copyright infringement lawsuit against her dropped, after the songwriter accusing the poptart couldn't prove her "Sometimes" track copied one of his tunes — which, we're told, is often necessary in a copyright infringement suit. [AP]
• The Apprentice edits footage to make contestants look stupid? The audacity! [Lowdown]
• Lindsay Lohan is reportedly eager to marry Jared Leto for the most romantic of reasons: to piss off Paris Hilton and beat her to the aisle first. [The Scoop]
• Following in the great footsteps of couch jumper extraordinaire Tom Cruise, Marc Anthony has re-hired his brother to manage his career. Brilliant move, Marc! [Page Six]
• So this is why Michael Jackson couldn't get anyone to croon on his hurricane charity single: Celebs were already belting out Sharon Stone's self-penned ditty. [AP]
• If playing the bongos nekkid and showing your six pack abs every chance you get are the qualifications, then the rumors are true: Matthew McConaughey is People's "Sexiest Man Alive" pick this year. [Page Six]
• Meryl Streep as Anna Wintour will be wearing a lot more Bill Blass than Prada on the set of Lauren Weisberger's book-to-film. Gucci, Calvin Klein and Valentino are all showing their support, no matter what the Vogue editrix might do. Now it's just a matter of getting some of Conde Nast's titles to put Anne Hathaway on the cover. [WWD]
• If all the hype surrounding Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger's on screen romance in Brokeback Mountain hasn't forced you to boot like you mixed Patron, Klonopin and Jewish guilt, then perhaps a run down of the hottest man-on-man lip locking will interest you. [Radar]
• As if airports weren't frustrating enough to traverse, some genius thinks it's a good idea to pull up with your luggage curbside .. on your bike. [NYT]
• There probably aren't any spots left, but perhaps Queerty's editors will quit their diva attitudes for a few minutes and add you to the guest list of Adam New York, the city's newest and hottest (oh god, did their publicist write this?) gay networking event. [Queerty]
• Episodes of Law & Order for just 99 cents each? No thanks, we get TNT already. [USA Today]
• You know your "chaotic" sexy home video is bad when your lawyers laugh with disgust. But that's the reaction to Britney Spears and Kevin Federline's latest video masterpiece they don't want you to see, which was snitched by a staffer.
• Does George Clooney "protest too much" about possible Brangelina nuptials being held at his Italian villa? While Clooney & Co. still vehemently deny the rumor, Clooney's boat driver has been advised to keep November 20-22 open.
• Doing her part for hurricane relief, Britney Spears is auctioning off something close to her heart: her jewel encrusted bra. In case you're wondering, it's guessed that it's a 34C.
• Devil Wears Prada scribe Lauren Weisberger tackles another hit list in her latest Everyone Worth Knowing, pot shotting Liz Spiers as a "ugly little lesbian troll blogger." Unfortunately, that doesn't narrow it down much.
• Paris Hilton might be done with Paris Latsis, but she's not yet through with shipping heirs — or sleeping with other starlet's exes. Now she's hopping in the lap of Stavros Niarchos III, who used to get lapped up by Mary-Kate Olsen.
• Conde Nast is reorganizing itself at 4 Times Square, shuffling around all its publication divisions to fall under just one umbrella: the aptly titled Conde Nast Publications. And that big bubble will have, uh, seven smaller bubbles.
• D'Angelo – who's kinda not famous anymore and wouldn't even be on our radar if it weren't for his abs (which, uh, he let go) – is in a Virginia hospital with serious injuries after he crashed his SUV through a fence and was ejected from the car. No, he wasn't wearing a seat belt, and yes, he's been arrested for coke. Wait, that's not related? UPDATE: Says his rep: "D'Angelo is home and doing well. He is anxious to finish the recording of his soul masterpiece that the world has patiently awaited. His spirit is very positive and he is blessed that the accident was not fatal."
• While Fernando Ferrer visits church after church, Mayor Bloomberg is hitting up Jewapalooza and handing the Dalai Lama a key to the city.
• FishBowlNY sent some snappers to document The Devil Wears Prada's shoot, where Luigi Tadini can almost be seen in Adrian Grenier's shots.
• John "Junior" Gotti is out on $7 million bail, thanks to a bond deal partially secured by sister Victoria's reality TV-famous Long Island manse.
• After Page Six spread word that Dr. Phil (who earns at least $15 million per year) was paying his transcibers just $7 an hour, he bumped it up a whole buck to $8!
• Big Pussy pleads guilty! Actor Vincent Pastore decided to take a deal when it came to charges he assaulted a former girlfriend. The actor has a bigger concern, anyway: He can no longer due nude scenes thanks to emergency triple bypass surgery.
• Teri Hatcher's supersized ego got the best of her Sunday night as she refused to snap pics with Best Comedic Actress winner Felicity Huffman and her other Desperate co-stars.
• Looks like Anna Wintour will be renewing her library card after all. While The Devil Wears Prada is shooting all over NYC, it won't be shooting at the Fifth Avenue Public Library
• We always knew gay porn kingpin Michael Lucas was a bit of a tramp (though he looks good doing it), but a Fashion Week whore? Well of course, but we didn't need Page Six to tell us — he's got his own blog for that.
• Following the great tradition of "you mess up your life, you get a reality show", Tom Sizemore is shopping a program (from rehab) called Super Sizemore. Though we doubt Heidi Fleiss will be tuning in.
• Jamie Lynn Discala is falling into the breakup trap of rebounding with a nightlife king. As word spreads of her breakup from husband-slash-manager A.J. Discala, The Sopranos star is being linked to club promoter Keith Collins.
• Despite your misgivings, Paris Hilton might actually be a charitable person. Or at least her grandfather's foundation is, which she may or may not be tied to.
• Vince Vaughn wasn't just taken by Jennifer Aniston while he shot The Break Up, but he also fell in love with Chicago. He's sold his $4 million Los Feliz home for a Chicago pad.
• Even as Lil' Kim heads off to prison today, she's still mounting her defense. Granted, she did admit lying to a jury, but she won't quit about her stemming from unfaithful friends.
• Adrian Grenier is joining Anna Wintour's most-hated list now that he's signed on to play Anne Hathaway's love interest in The Devil Wears Prada.
• Tyra Banks' is so desperate for you to believe her boobs are real that she took her bra off on her show (airing tomorrow) and underwent a sonogram for viewers to see all.
• As Gisele Bundchen and Kelly Gray say goodbye to the St. John's clothing ad campaigns, new face Angelina Jolie couldn't be bothered to show up to the press announcement.
• Chanel and Dior aren't the only fashion houses bitching about coke-friendly famous faces. Valentino has his own femur to pick with Paris Hilton, who's "not even pretty."
• Oh look: It's all the Emmy winners in all their bullet-pointed glory.
Usually even Anna Wintour can go at least two consecutive days without making headlines, but it's Fashion Week, and this is "her tsunami." So it only makes sense that the days gearing up to Saturday's first day of filming The Devil Wears Prada are being met with the expected media spectacle.
With Meryl Streep taking on the role of Wintour's fictionalized Miranda Priestly and Anne Hathaway playing the role of ex-assistant Lauren Weisberger, we were expecting stellar cold-hearted performances. But that may not be the case, with producers switching things up.
"The movie is slightly different from the book, and it makes the head character more human and not so devilish," says stylist Tracy Cox, who is working on the movie alongside fashion czar Patricia Field, the former "Sex and the City" costume designer. Streep will be spunkier and more charismatic in the editrix role, she adds.
"We're painting the character from scratch," Cox says. "She'll wear more color, be sexier and more provocative [than Wintour]. She's a different character than what people are expecting. She won't have black hair, and she won't wear dark sunglasses. She is a very fallible, assertive editor."
So less Anna Wintour, more Cosmo's Kate White? Because if there's anyone we know with spunk.
Meanwhile, some fashion houses aren't exactly jumping to be a part of the movie, thanks to their relationships to the Vogue editrix. But on the not-so-worried list are Bill Blass, Donna Karan, Chanel and Fendi — and of course Prada, whether they like it or not.