The Beautiful Fall: Fashion, Genius, and Glorious Excess in 1970s Paris

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Little, Brown, Feb 28, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 448 pages
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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

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User Review  - AngieK - LibraryThing

The Beautiful Fall is an engaging read about the world of 70's Paris fashion, centering around Karl Lagerfeld and Yves St. Laurent. It's a detailed history, so took a long time to read, but well worth ... Read full review

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Very well written. Probes deeply into the lives of the subjects. Lots of great commentary from sources in direct contact with subjects. I have never read a book like this-- it squeezes out every single gorgeous detail of every deliciously magical moment in this particluar era in fashion--and it does it every bit of justice as the time deserves. I've read it five times and while it explains everything in great detail, sparing nothing, the book leaves you longing for more...One more interview from Karl, one more chapter on Karl, ...It leaves you breathless....Which is the epitome of the fashion industry itself. Best book ever written on the subject. It is a must own. 


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Chapter 17
Chapter 18
Chapter 19
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Chapter 9
Chapter 10
Chapter 11
Chapter 12
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About the author (2009)

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.

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