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The Devil Wears L’Officiel in Russia

Godfrey Deeny
September 08th, 2006 @ 5:03 PM

Life is beginning to imitate art when it comes to The Devil Wears Prada in Russia.

In the upcoming Russian language version Evelina Khromchenko, the editor-in-chief of L'Officiel Russia, dubs Meryl Streep’s character, the glossy magazine editor-in-chief Miranda Priestly.

Based on the bestseller by Lauren Weisberger, a one-time assistant to Vogue US Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour, the film recently made its European debut at the Venice Film Festival.

Valentino, who plays himself in the film, threw a post-premiere dinner in honor of Streep on his yacht T.M Blue One on Sept. 7, attended by the fashion film’s director David Frankel, actresses Anne Hathaway and Catherine Deneuve and celeb couple David and Victoria Beckham.

The Russian Devil is due out October 5, with Khromchenko playing voicing the part of the demanding glossy magazine editrix.

The book about young journalist starting her career as a personal assistant to a glamour monster surged up bestseller lists worldwide. The movie version of The Devil Wears Prada is styled by Patricia Field, the New York designer and stylist of TV hit Sex and the City and directed by David Frankel.

Field introduced Khromchenko to Frankel when he caught his first fashion shows in Paris.

“I told David then that I would be happy to dub Meryl Streep’s character in Russian,” explains Khromchenko.

“I felt it was a sort of sequel to the Altman’s Pret-a-Porter and I wanted to defend esprit de corps. I thought the book is rather one-sided, and didn’t expect the movie to be fair. Fortunately, the plot and the movie were made by gifted people never taking sides either of the boss or the subordinate. Meryl Streep is a genial actress capable to delicately feel and to express something that the author somehow missed or didn’t understand. So, Miranda in the movie is more real-life yet a bit ludicrous figure than her movie analogue,” added the Russian editor.

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