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Fashion Editors Reflect On ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ 11 Years Later

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How accurate of a depiction does it actually paint?

Like Mean Girls and Clueless before it, The Devil Wears Prada is one of those movies that’s made such a huge cultural imprint on our society that quoting lines from it in everyday conversation is seen as normal behavior.

Despite being more than a decade old, the film is universally beloved for a lot of reasons: Most of us can relate to having a demanding boss (though probably not as venomous as Meryl Streep’s brilliant Miranda Priestly), we've all struggled when it comes to balancing career and personal life, and everyone loves a trying-on-clothes montage. But the movie is also compelling because of its insider look at an industry that's typically closed off and hidden behind heavy, glass doors for most people.

But how real is the portrayal? It’s well-known that Vogue’s Anna Wintour served as inspiration for Lauren Weisberger’s best-selling novel upon which the film is based, but there is no way bosses like Miranda, who can belittle you with a mere glance, or coworkers like Emily, whose identity is wholly wrapped up in her job, exist IRL. Or that your coworkers would reference you not by name but your dress size and condescend to you every chance they got, right? Right? Depends on who you ask. So, we asked. 

Read on to find out what the people who have the jobs a million fashion-loving kids would kill for really think of the film and its depiction of their chosen industry. 

Landon Peoples, associate editor at V Magazine
For all intents and purposes, I love The Devil Wears Prada, but it is scarily accurate—even today. Working in fashion, you’ll encounter every personality represented in that film—the nice ones, the mean ones, the backstabbers, and people who will really help you and want to see you succeed—and, you’ll also experience different working environments similar to the offices of Runway. But, nowadays, you can sort of customize how Devil Wears Prada you want your career to be. If you want that exact experience, work in print or at one of the old, storied publications. If you don’t want that experience, and you want a great work-life balance and an open, amicable office culture, then work at a digital media company. But whatever you do—work your ass off, and worry about the Chanel boots later.

Photo courtesy of Balenciaga / Photo via @McDonaldsSverige Instagram

I'm cackling

Last year, Balenciaga released bright red square-toed mules which bore a striking resemblance to McDonald's french fry cartons. Now, the chain has fired back at the designer, threatening to release its own version of the shoes.

McDonald's Sweden posted a photo to its Instagram of a person wearing actual McDonald's fry cartons as shoes, and honestly, if there weren't yellow M's printed onto them, I'd have a hard time distinguishing them from the Balenciagas from a distance. Though the post doesn't directly reference the Balenciaga shoes, one can only assume that's who they are trolling.

McDonald's version actually makes for some pretty fly slip-ons, if you ask me. Good thing the Swedish branch of Mickey D's seems to be considering releasing the shoes if the post receives enough attention. The caption of the Instagram post translates to, "If we get 103042 likes we release these for real," though it only has about 17,000 as of publish time. These would likely cost much less than the Balenciaga shoes, which cost $545.

Internet, do your thing. I want a pair.

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It marks her third duet with Nas

Here are some words that I never expected to read or hear again: There is a new song with Amy Winehouse. But here we are in 2019, and Salaam Remi has granted me a wish. On Valentine's Day, the Grammy-nominated producer and frequent Winehouse collaborator (also responsible for hits like Miguel's "Come Through & Chill") released "Find My Love" which features rapper Nas and that powerful and haunting voice that I have come to love and cherish so dearly.

Representatives for Remi said that the Winehouse vocals were from an old jam session the two had. Remi was a producer on both of Winehouse's albums, Frank and Back to Black. "Find My Love" marks the third time Winehouse and Nas have done duets under the direction of Remi. They were previously heard together on "Like Smoke," a single from her 2011 posthumous album Amy Winehouse Lioness: Hidden Treasures, and "Cherry Wine" from Nas' 2012 album Life Is Good. Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning on July 23, 2011, before they could complete production on her third album. My heart is still broken about it as she is by far my favorite artist.

"Find My Love" is set to appear on Remi's Do It for the Culture 2, a collection of songs curated by him. Check it out, below.

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