Replete with eating disorders, backstabbing, and cat drawings. Here’s how to make the most of your summer lounging, including suggested cocktail pairings.
The Vogue Factor by Kirstie Clements
This isn't out til July 1, but most definitely worth a pre-order. Clements, an ex-Vogue Australia editor, was fired after a 13-year tenure at the magazine, and therefore has no need to spare any gruesome details about the disturbing reality of fashion. "The only way [models] can get that thin is to stop eating. They eat tissue paper to stave off the hunger pangs – literally ball it up and eat it," she writes. She also recalls asking one model how she was getting along with her roommate. The model replied, "Fine," adding, "She’s a fit model so she is mostly in hospital on a drip."
Suggested cocktail pairing: mudslide, to make up for all the calories those poor models don't get to enjoy.
Alek: My Life From Sudanese Refugee to International Supermodel by Alek Wek
Model Alek Wek writes about how her family fled Sudan in the middle of a civil war, ended up in London, got discovered on the street one day, and then went on to become the face of Coach, Michael Kors, Nars, and lots of other major brands.
One Amazon reviewer says, "I'm not a fan of reading. I really only picked up Alek Wek's book because she came to a book singing at my school... I sat the book down for several months, but, when I did pick it up over the Christmas break it gripped me."
Suggested cocktail pairing: virgin Diet Coke — sobering like Wek's story.
Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns by Lauren Weisberger
The much anticipated sequel to this generation's defining book about the hellish weirdness of a fashion career, Revenge Wears Prada checks in with
Anne Hathaway Andy Sachs ten years after ditching Miranda Priestly. She's running a high-end bridal magazine called The Plunge, marrying a male socialite, and dealing with Priestly's grand re-entrance into her life — which occurs on a yacht during a party for a yacht magazine. What else could chick lit desire? Nothing.
Suggested cocktail pairing: margarita, because they appear more than once in the book and they sound so good every time.
The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger
If you haven't read the original or just haven't read it since it came out a decade ago, pick it up again! It goes by so fast you can read the whole thing in the time it takes to get a tan, anyway.
Suggested cocktail pairing: straight scotch. What would you want at the end of a day Miranda Priestly spent torturing you?