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NEW YORK — It was a meeting of the minions Tuesday night at a screening of “The Devil Wears Prada,” which, according to the invites, was hosted especially for “the finest high-powered assistants in town.” The 300 or so industry underlings who packed West 57th Street’s DGA Theater are employed by the likes of Allure, Cosmogirl, Betsey Johnson, Jill Stuart and Steven Meisel. A who’s who of tomorrow’s boldfaced names? Perhaps. Though their wardrobes weren’t the Chanel and Prada ensembles featured on the big screen, the mostly female, twentysomething crowd played their fashionable — not to mention fashionably late — parts to a tee in bright summer dresses, short shorts and skinny jeans, accessorized with wide belts, platform wedges and designer handbags galore.

Most guests admitted to attending the event unbeknownst to their bosses, but don’t mistake that for a bad review. Save for one young woman who had quit her job that very day, they raved about their superiors, or, at least, weren’t naïve enough to concede otherwise. “We’d like to be in the industry for a little while longer,” quipped one magazine assistant. Others, meanwhile, were wise enough to hedge any commentary by way of a compliment. “As an assistant, you do horrible things,” said Casey Fremont, assistant to Yvonne Force Villareal. “But when you love your boss, you’re happy to do them. Like, I’ll gladly take her dog for the weekend.” — Jessica Iredale

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