In her new book, The Liar, The Bitch, And The Wardrobe, Allie Kingsley introduces you to the unfiltered side of Hollywood life. Depicting stories of designers, drama, dudes and drugs, this book is based off of Kingsley’s real life experiences.
This not-so-fictional story begins with young Lucy Butler, a frazzled recent art grad who is headstrong and determined to become the next famous photographer. Lucy’s aspiration is to work for the world-famous fashion photographer, Stefano Lepres. Striving for an internship, Lucy moves from her Seattle hometown into the jaws of Hollywood with her best friend, Julie Kaplan.
After several failed attempts, Lucy finally lands her dream job working for her idol, Lepres, that quickly turns into a nightmare. Working long days for little pay, getting doused in coffee for not getting an order right and getting screamed at on a daily basis, Lucy’s idea of getting to work on set behind a camera seems out of reach.
Fed up with the antics and harsh working conditions, Lucy leaves Lepres only to be taken under the wing of Hollywood starlet Isabella (Bella) Blackstone. Life seems too good to be true as Bella showers Lucy with lavish shopping trips, designer clothes, private plane rides, VIP parties and the opportunity to work for Bella as her personal photographer. Dating a rock star, doing drugs, befriending other Hollywood celebs and dressing the part, Lucy quickly slips away from reality, her true friends, and things that once mattered the most to her.
Kingsley’s character finally realizes how alone she really is and pulls away from the outwardly lavish façade and turns back to the real life she didn’t think she wanted. Lucy realizes that true friends like Julie are always in style, and you don’t need to step on people to get to the top. By the end of the book, Lucy showcases her photos, which tell the story of her short-lived wild days with Bella, and finds her own success and happily ever after.
With a fashionably dark twist to dreams, lifestyles and relationships, readers get to peek into the real side of Hollywood. Throughout the book, you’re always wondering “could that have really happened” and “who is that celebrity?” Reading about fashion has never been this much fun and I recommend that you pick up your own copy, which hits shelves September 4.