The Beautiful Fall by Alicia Drake
Fashion, Genius, and Glorious Excess in 1970s Paris

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"Deliciously dramatic... The Beautiful Fall crackles with excitement."-New York Times Book Review

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.

"Fascinating." -New York Times

"Addictive." -Philadelphia Inquirer

"It's like US Weekly, 1970s style." -Gotham

"A story constructed as exquisitely as a couture dress. . . . It moves stylishly forward, with frequent over-the-shoulder glances at some very dishy background." -Boston Globe

About Alicia Drake

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Alicia Drake writes regularly for publications including 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.
Published February 28, 2009 by Back Bay Books. 448 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Arts & Photography, Travel. Non-fiction

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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

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The bitter rivalry between Yves Saint Laurent and Karl Lagerfeld.

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New York Journal of Books

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... Book Review ... The Beautiful Fall has been classified “pop culture” but it is more
much a chronicle of the parallel lives of ... Ms. Drake takes us into the groups, into
the mindsets of these famous designers and into the needs ....

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