“Eat, Pray, Love”‘s Excessive Sartorial Attention

I’ll admit it. I was a HUGE fan of Eat, Pray, Love when the book was originally released, and even suggested it to all of my girlfriends, aunts, cousins, and extended family members. But with the soon-to-be-released movie on the horizon, this is no longer just a surprise bestselling book seen in the hands of women all over the world — it’s become a total sellout. Designers and retailers are taking advantage of consumers’ love for Elizabeth Gilbert’s search for fulfillment and selling everything from fragrances at Fresh to movie paraphernalia at Fred Segal and ABC Home. Now, designer Sue Wong has launched an entire collection of ready-to-wear clothing called “Eat Pray Love by Sue Wong,” which draws inspiration from the plot line in India and Indonesia. “When I read Eat, Pray, Love, I immediately identified with the story, as many aspects of Elizabeth Gilbert’s journey were synchronous with my own personal odyssey,” said Wong. “Because of the immediate connection I felt to the story, as well as its emphasis on the culture, philosophy, and, in particular, alluring mystique of the East, I was able to create a collection that was striking, exotic, and timeless, and organic to the journey in the book and forthcoming film.” Interestingly, however, this isn’t the first time that Sue’s been “inspired” by a film. She also created an entire collection around Alice in Wonderland when Tim Burton re-created the tale. So, you can go ahead and cull from that information just how inspired she might have been from Liz’s tale of love lost and found. Sadly though, something tells me this isn’t the last time we’ll hear about Eat, Pray, Love products being pushed on unassuming consumers. [PR Newswire]