When aspiring designer Isabel Bookbinder bags a job with Nancy 'Fashion Aristocracy' Tavistock, she's sure her career is finally on track. Dazzlingly glamorous, this is a career that she can feel truly passionate about - after all, she knows her Geiger from her Louboutin, her Primark from her Prada, and she's always poring over fashion magazines. Well, ok, the fashion pages of heat.
So, learning from the very best, the future's looking bright for Isabel Bookbinder: Top International Fashion Designer. Within days she's putting the final touches to her debut collection, has dreamt up a perfume line, Isabelissimo, and is very nearly a friend of John Galliano. And on top of that she might even have fallen in love.
Yet nothing ever runs smoothly for Isabel, and fabulously fashionably as her life is, it soon seems to be spiralling a little out of her control ...
McQueen brings back the charmingly inept heroine of The Fabulous (Double) Life of Isabel Bookbinder for another bubbly misadventure. Fresh from realizing she might not be cut out to be a bestselling novelist, 27-year-old Londoner Isabel Bookbinder now sets her sights on becoming an international fashion superstar, armed with not a lick of sewing talent but a lifelong love for celebrity style. After some false starts, Isabel fibs her way into a job as a personal assistant to Nancy Tavistock, business partner and professional muse to famous designer Lucien Black, whose recent breakdown is threatening to devalue his label. Despite the turmoil, Isabel thrives and discovers that if she can avoid the kinds of catastrophic misunderstandings that derailed her literary aspirations, she may be destined for fashion superstardom after all. Though the occasional stroke of extraordinary luck stretches belief, Isabel is a charming character whose wisecracks and personal evolution help her to stand out in the sea of airheaded urban fashionistas often found in the genre.