Unfortunately saddled with a name reminiscent of a traffic light, Amber Green longs to work in the fashion industry, but when stylist-to-the-stars Mona Armstrong sweeps into her life, she gets far more than she bargained for.
Working as a window dresser in a high-end London shop, Amber is just starting her career, and she depends on ultrathin, ultraexperienced Kiki, aka The Stick, for guidance. So when Amber accidentally leaves mismatched shoes on the mannequins, which surprisingly delights Mona Armstrong, The Stick is rightfully outraged that newbie Amber lands the job helping Mona style Jennifer Astley (an elegant A-list movie star) and Beau Belle (the latest “screen siren”) for the Golden Globes. Once in LA, however, Amber is in way over her head, as Mona descends into pill-popping, alcohol-swigging neglect of her clients. Drawing upon her wealth of experience in the fashion magazine industry, including a decade as editor-in-chief for Hello! magazine, Nixon has crafted a debut novel prime for filming. From gorgeous designer dresses for glamorous-yet-high-maintenance celebrity clients to the sheer toil of making those celebrities shine, not to mention the seamy underside of tabloid gossip, Nixon handily rigs the stage with possible obstacles in Amber’s path to success. Within moments of her first visit, hippie-Barbie Beau Belle has bamboozled naïve Amber into lying to Beau’s fiance and babysitting her micropig, Pinky. From there, Amber realizes she must use her own wits to survive and keep Mona’s business afloat. Meanwhile, Amber’s own interests have been piqued by not only Rob, a handsome filmmaker working on a reality TV show about Mona, but also Liam, a dashing actor. If anyone can handle the chaos of awards season, it’s Amber. And a lot of free pink champagne will help, too.
Fans of The Devil Wears Prada will adore this volume of fashionista lit.