The Beautiful Fall

Some people read the newspapers with breakfast...I read blogs. As I was perusing Jean Touitou's I came across a post in which he says that "The Beautiful Fall" by Alicia Drake is the "best book about fashion ever written".

How can I disagree with the man from APC? (Hello...I'm a poet and I didn't know it).

A quick shuffle over to Amazon and I found out that the 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. Through interviews with dozens of the designers' friends and colleagues, fashion journalist Drake offers revealing inside anecdotes and perspectives from those who were there for the Paris "fashion revolution." Drake interprets the rarefied and decadent 1970s French fashion scene Saint Laurent and Lagerfeld helped create with insight and vigor, as well as germane commentary on the collections and the trends they set. A period when couture was faltering and ready-to-wear rising, Drake crafts clear yin and yang portraits of the introverted, passive and magnetic Saint Laurent, and the exhibitionistic Lagerfeld, known for wearing high heels, sporting monocles or wielding a fan. With a large entourage of colorful supporting characters-from fashion muses like Loulou de la Falaise to socialites like Talitha Getty-and exotic locales-from Paris to Marrakech to the Blenheim Palace and back-the story of the competing and capricious fashionistos becomes the account of one glittering party after the next, interrupted occasionally by fashion shows, and sprinkled with celebrities such as Mick Jagger and Andy Warhol. The two tastemakers' homosexuality is dealt with frankly and the storied roots of their aesthetic senses and public personas is nicely detailed. De rigeur for the fashion crowd and those interested in the pop or gay culture of the era."

One more item to add to my ever expanding Amazon wish list...

 
 
 
 

Post a Comment 4 comments:

  • michelle said...
    5:01 PM
    I skimmed through the book and thought it was pretty good...but when it comes to fashion, I feel as if I'd rather look than read...

    But the author is a very stylish writer.

    Check out the August issue of Glamour, p. 250 for a magazine storage tip! And p. 182 is hilarious!
  • hebden said...
    6:59 PM
    Thanks for the info! US or UK Glamour?
  • michelle said...
    10:01 AM
    Sorry, US Glamour (with J-Lo on the cover)! :)
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    8:33 AM
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