The Beautiful Fall: Fashion, Genius, and Glorious Excess in 1970s Paris
Why this book?
The youthful bromance between Karl Lagerfeld and Yves Saint Laurent reads like an especially juicy novel. Friends turned fashion rivals, the two very different designers partied and peacocked their way through Paris in the decadent 60s and 70s, with all the drugs, love affairs, models, muses, and assorted Eurotrash that implies. In the wrong hands, The Beautiful Fall would read like mere gossip; Drake elevates it to a Shakespearean morality play, without losing any of the page-turning thrills.