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The Beautiful Fall: Fashion, Genius, and Glorious Excess in 1970s Paris (Paperback)
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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 the Author
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.