Thirty-year-old Alexandra Simons, the shallow but clever heroine of People magazine senior editor Dam's debut novel, is having a fashion emergency. She didn't pack her new Manolo slingbacks, and it's Fashion Week in Paris! Alex is a fashion reporter covering the runway shows who unintentionally becomes part of the show herself when, to her utter humiliation, she trips a model and ends up in the tabloids. Luckily, the next day attention shifts to a new victim as the gorgeous and mysterious Nick Snow has a runway disaster of his own. When Alex and Nick meet, sparks inevitably fly. Throw in a long-lost high school French teacher, couture shopping with Alex's mom, a missing fashion designer, and a reality TV show, and you've got the makings of a light and mildly entertaining read. The strength of this novel is not the wandering plot but the detailed description of every outfit, shoe, and handbag in Alex's wardrobe. As frilly as a designer's spring line, this work will grab readers' attention with its flashy cover and catchy title. Recommended for large popular fiction collections where this genre is popular.-Anika Fajardo, Coll. of St. Catherine Lib., St. Paul, MN Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Single American fashionista, in Paris for the couture shows, falls for a hunky compatriot with a secret in this debut novel from People magazine editor Dam. Texas-born Alex Simon's Paris trip starts off badly when she accidentally collides with a six-foot Latvian model in the middle of the Chanel runway. The ignoble incident is captured on television, and Alex's shame drives her into hiding (and a room-service binge). A fashion reporter who boasts of being "both smart and shallow," she emerges from her self-imposed exile long enough to attend the launch of up-and-coming designer Luis-Heinz. Wowed by his talent, Alex is eager to land an exclusive interview with the reclusive Peruvian-Swiss dressmaker, but finds herself distracted by the arrival of Nick Snow, a fashion-challenged (i.e., straight) "consultant" also in town for the shows. The two hit it off immediately and spend the rest of the night together, leading to several other breathlessly romantic Parisian encounters. Alex is so smitten with the handsome New Yorker that she neglects to find out what, exactly, he consults on, and mistakes the distant flashing of paparazzi lights for falling stars. Has love gone to her head? Kind of, because Nick, it turns out, is actually starring in a reality show about a young man desperate to date models, and the cameras are trailing him. His dishonesty hits Alex almost as hard as misplacing her favorite pair of Manolos. That Nick can forsake his harem of contractually obligated beauties for witty Alex is never really in question, but she wonders if she can ever believe a thing he says. Meanwhile, Luis-Heinz goes missing, and his lover and publicist enlist Alex to help find him. Much sitcom-likesilliness ensues, leading to all the obvious questions. Will Alex forgive Nick, find Luis-Heinz and file her story? Just as importantly, will Luis-Heinz provide her with one of his magically flattering dresses?A souffle-light spoof of fashion and the people who love it.