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Publisher's Summary

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.

Alicia Drake writes regularly for publications including the 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.

©2006 Alicia Drake (P)2012 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

“Deliciously dramatic… The Beautiful Fall crackles with excitement.” ( New York Times Book Review)
“Fascinating.” ( New York Times)
“[It] moves stylishly forward, with frequent overtheshoulder glances at some very dishy background…A story constructed as exquisitely as a couture dress.” ( Boston Globe)

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Blah.

I feel like I've wasted my life listening to this book. Nothing against Bernadette Dunne, she has a lovely voice, but this just put me to sleep. The story is not at all riveting and not at all interesting. I don't care about the sexcapades of YSL or why Karl Lagerfeld slept with so and so. This book is not about as much fashion as I was hoping. More about, well, sex. Pass.

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A "must hear" for fashion history enthusiasts

Would you listen to The Beautiful Fall again? Why?

Yes! Such interesting subject matter.

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Very interesting how the author entertwined the lives of the two famous designers.

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Sets the scene beautifully

This is a very detailed story of Saint Laurent & Lagerfeld. It sets the tone and scene of the time quite well. Definitely seems to be more favorable to Yves.

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Fascinating life of King Karl and YSL

In my opinion, King Karl is one of the most fascinating people on the planet. This book was a thrilling listen. To get insight on the juxtaposition of YSL and King Karl in their creative process/lifestyle/ indulgences was brilliant. I loved this listen.

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  • Kathy
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Very good except wrong French pronounciations

It's coo-ture, not coe-ture. She gets it right with "boutique," so not sure how "couture" got off the rails. Otherwise, an entertaining story.

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