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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Guardian Faber Publishing (17 July 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1783350156
  • ISBN-13: 978-1783350155
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 1.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 84,823 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The personality that rises from these pages is that of a thoroughly nice woman, who began loving fashion as a star-struck teenager, and hasn't lost her excitement at the glamour of it all. (Daily Mail) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The inside story of Australian Vogue and the fashion world from the magazine's former Editor-in-Chief.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Louise Shuff on 27 Aug 2013
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Really looking forward to this book, but I'm slightly disappointed. The beginning was brilliant, full of interesting anecdotes and the right level of nostalgia and then it took a huge nose dive into a luvvie reminiscing with a slightly bitter tone. Clearly Kirstie has lead an envious life and is an intelligent, amusing hard working woman, but the most recent stories were lacklustre and without the expected whit and depth. Overall I was both enthralled and underwhelmed.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Linds on 31 Aug 2013
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I love fashion and was really looking forward to reading this book. However, be prepared to be disappointed. Firstly, it's very badly written. It's very much in the style of this happened, then that happened. Each page has about 3 new stories, there is no depth to them and there isn't really anything that interesting at all uncovered. I thought there would be far more juicy tit bits. It's a struggle to read it. It's also fairly short and not great value for money - don't bother!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Daniela. G. on 18 Aug 2014
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Vogue target readers are wealthy, carefree, VIPs, interested in haute-couture and luxury. Unfortunately, due to the deterioration of our economy, the number of readers who can only dream about a Vogue life is on the rise. This book – like Vogue itself - is for the voyeur in us (unless you do are a VIP).

We get a glance from the keyhole into the life of the upper class, from somebody who was almost – but not quite – on the same level. Clements worked for Vogue Australia most of her life and was unceremoniously fired after 13 years as editor. The book starts with her brutal dismissal and I felt a pang of sympathy for her.

Then she moves swiftly to the beginning of her career as Vogue receptionist and how she advanced in the fashion world. Strangely for somebody who worked as a journalist, she writes in a most unengaging style. Clements mentions very superficially some aberrations of the fashion world, such as the usual anorexic models; massive influence of big brands on whatever is published; lack of objectivity due to commercial purposes; excessive influence of bloggers, etc… However, her conclusion is that every unpleasant aspect of Vogue is just necessary evil.

We also get massive name-dropping, inevitable in books such as this, but none of the bitching which would have made for more entertaining reading. Towards the end, my sympathy for Clements had evaporated. She kept harping on about fashions shows, first class hotels, champagne lunches and travel around the world, simultaneously lamenting that Vogue Australia was the poor relative of the Vogue family.

Wrapping up, several considerations. The fashion industry is cut-throat business, just like any other business.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Cb on 30 July 2013
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I picked up this book on a whim at Heathrow Airport as there was a "buy on get one half price" offer on, and to be frank, the cover image appealed most to me. Whilst interested in fashion, I'm not completely devoted to it as many Vogue readers are, however I found this book completely addictive and was consumed in the world of Australian Vogue and high fashion for the two days it took me to read it.

The book begins at the premise of Clements memoir- her firing from the coveted position of editor-in-chief at Aussie Vogue. The narrative then jumps back to her first rung on the career ladder as a receptionist and follows on from there. Her story is inviting and glamorous but has a sense of realism- she tells about the less appealing aspects of working for the most famous magazine in fashion, discusses the use of anorexic models and office politics. As well as telling, in great detail, of her professional career, she also occasionally delves into aspects of her personal life such as moving to Paris and learning French, meeting her husband and having children- all very welcome contributions to the story in my opinion.

My only criticism is that Kirstie introduces new names often and consecutively, especially within the first third of the book, which is hard to keep up with and several times I had to flick back chapters to remember who someone was. But aside from that the book was easy to follow and massively enjoyable, and I wholeheartedly recommend it.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Kate Henning on 10 Aug 2013
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I found this book quite boring and disappointing. I was so looking forward to reading it but a large part of the book was dull and seemed like the author has fallen in to the trap of name dropping to boost her own self esteem. I would have loved to hear more about her actual role, Australia, Vogue and genuine experiences rather than a list of all the famous people she's met and lavish locations she's been to as a result of her position.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By V. Anfilogoff on 7 Sep 2013
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The chronology in this book is all over the place, great name dropping - especially if you know about the fashion industry/fashion photographers/etc. Interesting for a 'behind the scenes' glimpse but, ultimately, spoiled for me by the chaotic time line which veers backwards and forwards and is irritating. By the end of the book you know very little more about the author than you did at the beginning other than her work journey but no real sense of her character and personality. Had it been a longer book I might have given up on it! Three stars for the behind the scenes glimpses and that is generous!
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