The Beautiful Fall by Alicia Drake audiobook

The Beautiful Fall: Lagerfeld, Saint Laurent, and Glorious Excess in 1970s Paris

By Alicia Drake
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In the 1970s, Paris fashion exploded like a champagne bottle left out in the sun. Amid sequins and longing, celebrities and aspirants flocked to the heart of chic, and Paris became a hothouse of revelry, intrigue, and searing ambition. At the center of it all were fashion’s most beloved luminaries—Yves Saint Laurent, the reclusive enfant terrible, and Karl Lagerfeld, the flamboyant freelancer with a talent for reinvention—and they divided Paris into two fabulous halves. Their enduring rivalry is chronicled in this dazzling exposé of an era: of social ambitions, shared obsessions, and the mesmerizing quest for beauty.

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Summary

Summary

A 2006 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Nominee for Current Interest

In the 1970s, Paris fashion exploded like a champagne bottle left out in the sun. Amid sequins and longing, celebrities and aspirants flocked to the heart of chic, and Paris became a hothouse of revelry, intrigue, and searing ambition. At the center of it all were fashion’s most beloved luminaries—Yves Saint Laurent, the reclusive enfant terrible, and Karl Lagerfeld, the flamboyant freelancer with a talent for reinvention—and they divided Paris into two fabulous halves. Their enduring rivalry is chronicled in this dazzling exposé of an era: of social ambitions, shared obsessions, and the mesmerizing quest for beauty.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Deliciously dramatic…The Beautiful Fall crackles with excitement.” New York Times Book Review
“Fascinating.” New York Times
“[It] moves stylishly forward, with frequent over-the-shoulder glances at some very dishy background…A story constructed as exquisitely as a couture dress.” Boston Globe
“This is an extremely readable and impressively researched book.” Guardian (London)
“Addictive.” Philadelphia Inquirer
“It’s like US Weekly, 1970s style.” Gotham 
“This smart book stitches together the lives, loves, personalities, and obsessions of two iconic designers, Yves Saint Laurent and Karl Lagerfeld, into a work as finely detailed as any outfit they ever sent down a runway.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“These titanic designers crafted their personas as carefully as they put together their luxurious collections, and we come to know them as reflections in the mirror houses they built…Ultimately, Drake makes a good case for the extraordinary nature of their individual achievements and the revolutionary effect of their competitive energy on the fashion industry. And yet we’re left with a portrait defined more by the careful craft of its brushstrokes than by the substance of the sitters.” Booklist

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Author

Author Bio: Alicia Drake

Author Bio: Alicia Drake

Alicia Drake writes regularly for publications including the International Herald Tribune, British Vogue, Travel and Leisure, and W magazine, for which she was a contributing editor. She has lived and worked in Paris for the last ten years.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD
Category: Nonfiction
Runtime: 16.33
Audience: Adult
Language: English