Some Like it Haute
Julie K. L. Dam
Warner, 2006 (2006)
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Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
n Paris for Fashion Week,
magazine style writer Alexandra Simons (a Texas girl morphed into a
) obsesses over her Manolo shoes and appearance, while falling (literally) into mystery and romance.
elf-admittedly both '
smart and shallow
', Alex plans her daily look well ahead of time, using an Excel spreadsheet for the details. The delay resulting from a shoe crisis (followed by an unexpected encounter with her suave and handsome high school French teacher, Jacques Billings, who's now a Parisian shoe salesman) results in a klutzy and humiliating self-immolation that's soon spread across both news and Internet.
hogs the news the next day for a similar incident, allowing Alex to come out of hiding to attend a mystery show put on by her friend and '
', Lola. It seems that Lola has discovered an extraordinary, but super-reclusive new fashion genius, Peruvian-Swiss Luis-Heinz. The show also introduces Alex to
, who turns out to be
Nick Snow. The attraction is immediate and mutual.
eeling like Nancy Drew, Alex helps Lola track down Luis-Heinz who's suddenly disappeared, and juggles her new romance with a visit from her mom (who shares her passion for Prada). There are big surprises for Alexandra from both her ex-teacher and her new romantic interest, while models like
traipse through all their lives in three inch Jimmy Choos.
t's light and frothy, as Alex and cohorts foil a dastardly plot to take Luis-Heinz's designs mass market. Julie K. L. Dam has lots of fun with both the fashion world and reality TV in this romantic romp through Paris.
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