-Miuccia Prada is a genius! says Diane, who owns more than her fair share of Prada’s clothes
-Oh, she just does the opposite to everyone else, says Eartha
-No, no, says Diana, pursing her lips together. Diana’s lips are a marvel: they are plump and shiny like one of those blow up sculptures that were hip in contemporary art ten years ago. They are Eartha’s first encounter with botox. They don’t have botox where Eartha comes from.
Diana frowns, and the whole table frowns with Diana.
-But she’s so much more than that! says January,
-I know, says Diana, I know. –She’s a genius
-I know, says Eartha. She drinks her wine. It is red wine. Diana’s assistant makes sure they have both red and white wine at the table. It saves ordering.
-But that’s what she said in the New Yorker, says Eartha again
Diana has already moved on from the genius of Miuccia Prada. She is now considering the genius of others. Gareth Pugh, for instance, who nobody will care about in years to come. Her lips move upwards, forming a blow-up sculpture smile.
-Excuse me? she says
-Oh, I read a profile of her, where she said she just does the opposite, says Eartha
-Oh! Journalists! says Diana. She knows Miuccia Prada, personally. She knows the genius of Miuccia Prada. She is also a little scared of Miuccia. Nobody understands the female zeitgeist quite like Miuccia. Nobody except Phoebe Philo, perhaps, who is less scary but she doesn’t know personally.
-It kind of is opposite, though, isn’t it? says Diana
-Look at my shoes, says January. They are chunky and have little birds printed on them. –Is that just opposite?