Every now and again you read a book that can absolutely blow your mind. Witchcraft Couture is one of those books.
The book is about a fashion designer called Oscar Pellegrini who despite being mentored by the world-renowned Marisa Marchetti, and hailed as a promising young designer, is crippled with self-doubt. This results in him destroying his sketches and creations, leaving him incapable of completing a full collection.
After one such episode Oscar finds himself in Russia on a drunken binge with a traveling circus. He fears he has lost everything and resigns himself to never working in fashion again, until he came across a dark angel, in the most stunning dress that almost seemed to come alive. He discovers the dress was created in a machine called a sampo that resemble a fridge but has the ability by some form of witchcraft to make garments come alive, thus making the wearer look and feel incredible and desirable.
Oscar manages to acquire the sampo and designs a collection that becomes desired and acclaimed, however success and meddling with magic begins to cost Oscar most dearly, and affects everything in Oscars existence.
This book is incredible, one of those books that I couldn’t wait to read at the end of ever day. It showed the lengths a person could go to, to achieve success.
It also highlighted how relationships have the power to make or break a person. Oscars mum had wanted the world for him and made many sacrifices, as a result had placed expectations beyond comprehension on his shoulders. This resulted in him never feeling good enough and becoming riddled with self-loathing and the feeling he was not good enough.
As the story unfolded it became increasingly intriguing, and at times alarming, yet a real page-turner. I completed the book feeling that whilst success is of course what we strive for; the journey you take is absolutely vital and at times you really should be careful what you wish for.
Witchcraft Couture was a thoroughly engaging read, which I would fully recommend. Keep dropping by as soon I will be sharing my interview with the lovely Katarina.