Wednesday, July 27, 2011

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

My friend Serge Jean lent me this book a few months ago given that my next novel will take place in the world of Paris fashion. It took me some time to get to it, but once I started reading, I couldn't stop.  It reads like a mix of biography and dishy tell all and takes you deep into the glorified and narcissistic worlds of Karl Lagerfeld and Yves Saint Laurent in the 1970s.

Beautifully written, extraordinarily researched ( with over 500 interviews), you are transported back to the lavish excesses of the 70s at every turn of the page. Although the book concentrates on fashion as lived by the rival camps of Yves Saint Laurent and Karl Lagerfeld, its scope is much broader. Throughout a narrative that reads as compellingly as fiction, the author analyzes the socio-cultural events that shaped the Paris fashion world.

Despite the superficial nature of the worlds they lived in and their countless personal foibles, that included sex, drugs and a gluttonous appetite for power, you can't help but become attached to these supremely talented characters.

This book would make a wonderful gift for anyone interested in fashion, Paris or history.

You can read in interview with the author here.


Cate said...

Sounds like a good read!

Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou said...

Sounds like an interesting read ... there's just so much you don't know unless you come across something like this! Hope you're having a fabulous week, darling ... sending kisses~

Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou