Thursday, December 27, 2007
the beautiful fall book review
the beautiful fall: an intellectual fashionista's vista into the 70's life of YSL and KL..
this book deals with the constant competition of karl lagerfeld and yves saint laurent throughout the late '50's thru the '80's..
we are led through the lives of these 2 prolific designers and their respective differences, along with their similarities (sometimes super scandalously..i.e.YSL had an affair with karl's foppish and ruthless lover, jacques).
we get to bear witness, as they are found circumnavigating parisian cliques, euro-aristocrats, and folks in the warhol mileu throughout this radical and uber fashionable period.
so....here, we find egoism. sex. entourage and above all the posh reality of pret a porter and the fantasy of couture..
amazing and riveting, providing a cast of fabulous characters, dressed to the hilt. along with truth. pomp and circumstance.
the book is illustrated with some wonderful fotos spanning from the mid 1950's to late 197o's and beyond..(truthfully i wish there were more images to peek at)
**loulou de la falaise is a new found hero.
[turner, kat, elizabeth..a must. i.e. a smart stylist dream read]
plus fashion visionaries in excess and druggie gossip to boot!
some fun facts:
kL et l'entourage spent $3500 on surplus baggage for a states bound trip--35 pieces of luggage btw 3 dudes! awesome..(i wish.)
"this is the purpose of life, to get what you want"--KL.
YSL was a manic depressive.
**so, buy and read the book= as it's splendid+fantasy+bougie+parisian fashion romanticism...we can't afford the life, so vicariously indulge!!