The Devil Wears Prada, Gucci, Dolce, Chanel…

July 14, 2006 • Magazine

The Devil Wears Prada, Gucci, Dolce, Chanel…

The Devil Wears Prada, Gucci, Dolce, Chanel…

Fri, 2006-07-14 20:00

Lauren Dimet

Spoiler Alert! If you have not yet seen “The Devil Wears Prada� you may not want to read on.

A few of Second City Style’s staff finally saw “The Devil Wears Pradaâ€? last week after one failed attempt the prior week. The movie was sold out!

If you read the book by Lauren Weisberger, like I did, you know that the movie deviated a bit to make it more ‘Hollywood’ and less New York. For one thing, the clothes were not very realistic or current (albeit great to look at). The movie provided more of an outsider looking in view of the fashion industry. It would be more plausible that a fashion editor-in-chief be clothed in of-the-moment labels like Chloe, Marni, Rochas, or Marc Jacobs. Secondly, Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep), the film’s villain, would never look like Cruella De Vil meets Dynasty. Had the movie not strayed from the book, she would not have had one human emotion either.

Andy Sachs (Anne Hathaway), the film’s protagonist was a modern day “Working Girlâ€? with better clothes courtesy of costume designer, Sex and the City veteran Patricia Field. In the beginning of the film Andy looks pretty frumpy. Her first day on the job, she wears a white oxford blouse beneath an electric blue cable-knit sweater with a matching blue-and-gray argyle skirt and clod hopper loafers. (“Do you have some prior commitment?” Emily, the bitchy senior assistant, asks her. “Some hideous skirt convention you have to go to?”) After weeks of not fitting in she enlists the help of Miranda’s right hand man, Nigel (brilliantly played by Stanley Tucci) to make her over. Now here comes my favorite scene (totally unrealistic but a fantasy of mine all the same)…the overhaul consists of “shopping” in Runway magazine’s enormous fashion closet, as though it were Barneys and you were left overnight to take whatever you wanted!

The first hint that “Devil” goes over the top is during a wardrobe montage in which Miranda stalks into the office a series of mornings, flinging onto her assistant’s desk enough status leather bags and lavish Dennis Basso (and others) furs to really piss off PETA. How great the effect is, however, when you see a shameless flood of $12,000 handbags, $30,000 furs.

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.” This may be so, but it does make for a great hour and a half.

Favorite line: “I’m just one stomach flu away from my goal weight.â€?

You didn’t think we were going to review the actual movie, now did you?

Cast: Miranda Priestly: Meryl Streep Andy Sachs: Anne Hathaway Emily: Emily Blunt Nigel: Stanley Tucci Nate: Adrian Grenier Christian: Simon Baker

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