It’s been ten years since Lauren Weisberger picked up her pen and laid bare a thinly-veiled account of her time as a harassed assistant to Vogue editor Anna ‘Nuclear’ Wintour.
Now, eight years after Andy Sachs quit her job in the middle of a Parisian street, she’s back – and so, of course, is Miranda Priestly, the editor of fictional fashion bible Runway, who is just as conniving as ever.
Here MailOnline has an exclusive extract from Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns of the moment that Andy is left reeling as she comes face to face with Miranda once again.
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The woman’s eyes grew wide. ‘Ohmigod, he’s here. I can’t believe he’s actually here,’ she mumbled through her half-chewed food, the hand in front of her mouth doing little to hide it.
‘Who’s here?’ her husband asked with seemingly zero interest.
‘Valentino! He just arrived! Look!’ The woman managed to swallow her chip and re-apply lipstick in one almost-graceful motion. Max and Andy swivelled toward the red carpet and sure enough, a tanned, taut, and pulled-tight Valentino gingerly removed his loafers and stepped aboard.
Ten years on… Anne Hathaway’s Andy (left) and Meryl Streep’s Miranda (right), captured our imagination on screen in 2006’s The Devil Wears Prada. Now they’re back in Lauren Weisberger’s follow-up novel
A lackey standing just off to the side handed him a snorting, wet-faced pug, which he accepted without comment and began to stroke. He brazenly scanned the party and, appearing neither pleased nor displeased, turned to offer his one free hand to his date.
Long-time partner Giancarlo was nowhere to be found; instead, Andy watched in horror as five long fingers with red-lacquered nails reached up from the below decks stairwell and wrapped themselves, talon like, over Valentino’s forearm.
Andy glanced at Max. Had she screamed that aloud or just thought it?
As if in slow motion, the woman materialized inch by dreaded inch: the top of her bob, followed by her bangs, and then her face, twisted into an all-too-familiar expression of extreme displeasure. Her tailored white pants, silk tunic, and cobalt high-heeled pumps were all Prada, and her military-inspired jacket and classic quilted bag were Chanel.
‘Miranda didn’t like parties; she didn’t like boats, and it stood to reason that she especially didn’t like parties on boats’
The lone jewellery she wore was a thick, enamelled Hermès cuff in a perfectly coordinating shade of blue. Andy had read years earlier that the cuffs had replaced the scarves as her Hermès security blankets – apparently she had collected nearly five hundred in every imaginable color and size – and Andy sent up a silent thanks that she was no longer responsible for sourcing them.
Watching in a sort of fascinated terror as Miranda refused to remove her shoes, Andy didn’t even notice when Max squeezed her hand.
‘Miranda,’ she said, half whispering, half choking.
‘I’m so sorry,’ Max said into her ear. ‘I had no idea she was coming.’
Miranda didn’t like parties; she didn’t like boats, and it stood to reason that she especially didn’t like parties on boats. There were three, perhaps five people on the planet who could convince Miranda to board a boat, and Valentino was one of them.
In Vogue: Author Lauren Weisberger (left) famously leaned on her time working as an assistant to Anna Wintour (right) for material for the two books
Even though Andy knew Miranda would only deign to stay for ten or fifteen minutes, she was panicked at the idea of sharing such a small space with the woman of her night terrors. Had it really been almost ten years since she’d screamed F you on a Parisian street and then fled the country?
Because it felt like only yesterday. She clutched her phone, desperate to call Emily, but she suddenly realized Max had dropped her hand and was reaching out to greet Valentino.
‘Good to see you again, sir,’ Max said in the formal way he always reserved for his parents’ friends.
Read the rest: Revenge Wears Prada is published in the UK on June 20 and is available in the U.S. now
‘I hope you will excuse the intrusion,’ Valentino said with a small bow. ‘Giancarlo was planning to attend on my behalf, but I was in New York tonight anyway to meet with this lovely lady, and I wanted to visit with my boat again.’
‘We’re thrilled you could be here, sir.’
‘Enough with the “sir,” Maxwell. Your father was a dear friend. I hear you are doing good things with the business, yes?’
Max smiled tightly, unable to discern if Valentino’s question was merely polite or fraught. ‘I’m certainly trying. May I get you and . . . Ms Priestly something to drink?’
‘Miranda, darling, come here and say hello. This is Maxwell Harrison, son of the late Robert Harrison. Maxwell is currently overseeing Harrison Media Hol—’
‘Yes, I’m aware,’ she interrupted coolly, gazing at Max with a cold, disinterested expression.
Valentino looked as surprised as Andy felt. ‘Aha! I did not realize you two knew each other,’ he said, clearly looking for a further explanation.
At the exact same moment that Max murmured, ‘We don’t,’ Miranda said, ‘Well, we do.’
An awkward silence ensued before Valentino broke into a raucous laugh. ‘Ah, I sense there is a story there! Well, I look forward to hearing it one day! Ha ha!’
Andy bit her tongue and tasted the tang of blood. Her queasiness had returned, her mouth felt like chalk, and she couldn’t for the life of her figure out what to say to Miranda Priestly.
Thankfully Max, ever more socially graceful than she, placed his hand on Andy’s back and said, ‘And this is my wife, Andrea Harrison.’
Revenge Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger is published by HarperCollins priced £7.99 on June 20. Available in the U.S. now at Laurenweisberger.com
A few weeks ago the sequel of The Devil wears Prada book by Lauren Weisberger was released.
Who said fashion is all about the next new thing? Author Lauren Weisberger revisits her over-the-top characters from The Devil Wears Prada, including top magazine editor and ice queen Miranda Priestly, 10 years later in her latest novel, Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns.
It turns out, other than a few fleeting trends that clearly define the setting as 2013, things haven’t changed all that much.
Miranda, widely rumored to be based on Vogue’s Anna Wintour, for whom Weisberger once worked, isn’t really the main character, although she is the most fun to read about. The story belongs to Andy Sachs – or Ahn-dre-ah – as Miranda likes to call her.
Ahn-dre-ah… The characters that captured the world’s imagination on screen in 2006’s The Devil Wears Prada are back in Lauren Weisberger’s follow-up novel
Andy quit Runway magazine at the end of the last book, taking pleasure in leaving Miranda high and dry in Paris without an assistant.
Miranda isn’t kind to those who work for her, and her cold, calculating and cruel ways have haunted Andy for a decade. The story opens with a literal nightmare about Andy not delivering Miranda’s lunch on time.
Sequel: The cover of Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns
Andy often calls her ‘inhumane.’
But Miranda also is unpredictable: She trades her trim Prada dresses and Chanel suits for a maxi dress at one point! That’s jaw-dropping. Seriously.
The primary driver of the plot is that Miranda wants to buy the wedding magazine created by Andy and her friend Emily, also a formerly tortured Runway employee.
For Miranda to make small talk with these women – and even invite them into her home – in an attempt to court them to sell her an idea that she couldn’t take credit for is practically mind-boggling.
Of course it doesn’t take her long to revert back to her normal self, but it’s fun to see her try so hard to be civil and gracious, and especially to see her flirt with tennis star Rafael Nadal. (Wintour is a famous fan of tennis and its top players.)
Andy, however, isn’t all that interesting. At times, the reader can appreciate her principles and even some of her insecurities. Sometimes they are a little too much.
It seems hard to imagine that in the relatively small, insular world of fashion magazines and, taking into consideration Andy’s success, she still trembles at the mere mention of Miranda’s name.
In Vogue: Lauren Weisberger (left) appears to have leaned on her time working as an assistant to Anna Wintour (right) for the two books
Everyone hopes the book to be adapted in a movie again. Even if it will be, there’s no news about the cast. We all hope the actors to be the same as in the 1st movie from 2006.
The cover for the much-anticipated sequel to The Devil Wears Prada has been pictured for the first time.
Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns, which will go on sale next month, bears a bright red cover with a bold typeface and a sinister-looking devil’s tail snaking down the front.
The release comes ten years after author Lauren Weisberger introduced readers to the merciless world of fashion.Seeing red: Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns, which goes on sale next month, bears a bright red cover with a sinister-looking devil’s tail
The original Devil Wears Prada novel inspired a hit 2006 film of the same name, with Anne Hathaway playing the young fashion journalist Andrea Sachs and Meryl Streep starring as hard-edged editor Miranda Priestly, a character inspired by Vogue’s Anna Wintour.
According to Entertainment Weekly, Revenge Wears Prada picks up eight years after Andy parted ways with Miranda, and Runway magazine, on bad terms.
Andy is editing The Plunge, ‘the hottest bridal magazine around’, with the help of Emily, her nemesis at Runway who turned into a surprising ally.The Devil returns: The original novel, and film, followed Andrea Sachs, played by Anne Hathaway, and her editor Miranda Priestly, played by by Meryl Streep
Andy is planning her own wedding to Max, a good-looking media scion, however she remains haunted by her former boss.
The magazine industry is extremely tight-knit, and ‘it is only a matter of time before she hears the dreaded syllables “Ahn-dre-ah!” again’.
The first book, released in 2003, was loosely based on the author’s experiences as Anna Wintour’s second assistant.Revenge Wears Prada: The first book, released in 2003, was based on Lauren Weisberger’s experiences as Anna Wintour’s second assistant
In the hit movie, Anne Hathaway played Andy, and Meryl Streep starred as Miranda, for which she received her 14th Academy Award nomination for Best Actress.Next chapter: Best-seller Lauren Weisberger’s debut novel was inspired by Vogue’s Anna Wintour
Both the novel and the movie inspired a wide fascination with the editor, causing many to speculate about Vogue’s work-environment, as well as the treatment of magazine staffers in general.
A Huffington Post blogger wrote a confirmation of the book’s portrayal of Vogue, shortly after quitting her own internship at the magazine.
Emily Louise wrote: ‘Speaking to others who have undertaken fashion and beauty internships, it is clear to see that the process is a matter of survival rather than enjoyment.’
There has been no mention of a reunion with the original movie cast for what will surely be a highly anticipated silver-screen adaption of the new sequel.
Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway and Cate Blanchett are among the stars who have given their support to a documentary which tells the struggle of nine young girls fighting to receive an education.
The three actresses have joined forces with Frieda Pinto, Selena Gomez, Salma Hayek, Kerry Washington and Alicia Keys to lend their voices to the film, entitled Girl Rising.
The project, which is in partnership with global action campaign 10 x 10, was launched to coincide with International Women’s Day on 8 March (13).
Streep says, “This film gives visual corroboration to knowledge we already have: educating women and girls has the most optimistic, postive effects on families, communities and economiesworldwide. If to see it is to know it, this film delivers hope; reasonable, measurable, tangible hope that the world can be healed and helped to a better future.”
The film, directed by Richard E. Robbins, will premiere in New York, Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles on Wednesday (06Mar13).
So it was confirmed that Meryl’s going to attend the BAFTAs in 3 days, Feb 10th (Sunday) as a presenter:
Attendees announced for the EE British Academy Film Awards 2013
It’s the news you’ve all been waiting for: the confirmed list of attendees for the EE BAFTA Film Awards on Sunday 10 February! Feast your eyes on the star-studded list of guests below…
Nominees confirmed to date include:
Alicia Vikander, Amy Adams, Andrea Riseborough, Ang Lee, Anne Hathaway, Barbara Broccoli, Ben Affleck, Bradley Cooper, Sir Cameron Mackintosh, Christoph Waltz, Dame Judi Dench, Daniel Day-Lewis, Elizabeth Olsen, Eric Fellner, Dame Helen Mirren, Hugh Jackman, Javier Bardem, Jennifer Lawrence, Jessica Chastain, Joaquin Phoenix, Juno Temple, Marion Cotillard, Michael G. Wilson, Quentin Tarantino, Sally Field, Sam Mendes, Steven Spielberg, Suraj Sharma, Tim Bevan, Tim Burton and Tom Hooper.
Sir Alan Parker, recipient of the BAFTA Fellowship, and Tessa Ross, recipient of the Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award, will also be in attendance.
Presenters and other guests confirmed to date include:
Alice Eve, Ben Whishaw, Billy Connolly, Chris Tucker, Danny Boyle, David Morrissey, Eddie Redmayne, Gemma Arterton, Helen McCrory, Henry Cavill, Ian McKellen, Jennifer Garner, Jeremy Irvine, Jeremy Renner, John C Reilly, Kevin Spacey, Mark Strong, Martin Freeman, Meryl Streep, Nicholas Hoult, Olga Kurylenko, Paloma Faith, Rafe Spall, Samuel L Jackson, Saoirse Ronan, Sarah Jessica Parker, Sarah Silverman, Simon Pegg and Tom Hiddleston.
Attending: Martin Freeman, Kevin Spacey, Meryl Streep, Samuel L Jackson, Simon Pegg, Tom Hiddleston http://bafta-film.tumblr.com/post/42420818708/bafta-attendees-announced …
A new video from “The Iron Lady” red carpet:
New article by Huffingtonpost reporting that CNN announced the new unit documentaries with the first one – “Girl Rising”, on TV and theaters featuring voiceovers by Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Kerry Washington and Selena Gomez.
NEW YORK – CNN says it is starting a new unit to make feature-length documentaries to show both on television and in movies theaters.
Its first project, “Girl Rising“, tells the story of several girls fighting tough odds to achieve their dreams. It features voiceovers by Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Kerry Washington and Selena Gomez. Richard Robbins, who made the wartime documentary “Operation Homecoming“, will direct it.
CNN said Monday that “Girl Rising” will premiere next spring.
The network, which is searching for ideas to turn around flagging ratings, said the films will air several times on CNN and be accompanied by on-air discussions.