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45 stars I couldn t he whispered bending close to my earI knowI wantedI know that too Few rivalries were as brilliant vibrant and long standing as the one between Coco Chanel and Elsa SchiaparelliLily Sutter a recently widowed American woman has managed to wander between the two feuding females thanks to her hapless brother Charlie Lily s brother sents her a desperate cryptic note and so she travels to Paris in 1938 Oh Charlie What have you otten yourself intoLove he said He offers to buy her a Chanel dress but Lily insists on visiting Schiaparelli dragging along Ania Charlie s irlfriend and
THE IT GIRL OF THE TIMES CLOTHES AREN T IT irl of the times Clothes aren t clothes They are moods desires uality of our souls and our dreams made visible Ania falls in love with Schiaparelli s wild whimiscial style such a far cry from Chanel s classic elegance and buys dresses than Lily can comprehend and the rest of Paris follows suit Coco s collection was a successBut the Schiaparelli collection was a The Ornaments of Life grand success Schiaparelli delighted offers Lily an artist position at her store and things are looking up Schiaparelli might for once become Paris s top fashion designer It is a night of victory Even so I have a bad feeling No keep smiling Maybe it is nothing maybe it is just the stars lining up strangely But what awaits the two women is something far wilder than either could imagine I never expected to fall so much for this one I loved the whimsical nature of Schiaparelli she was so vibrant and fun to readChanel was cold calculating and absolutely ruthless Every time she came onto the page it was pureold Go ahead Coco said Weep Baptize the One Wish (Thunder Point, gown if you must The only thing that was a bit of a stretch for me how uickly both incredible fashion designers latched onto little widowed LilyHowever once Lily picked up the job 425 STARS A beautifully written novel highlighting two famous fashion designer icons Theossip and rivalry was ever so entertaining and at times even shocking The Paris setting was fascinating as tensions were building as Germany and Hitler were on the move towards France It was a dangerous time in history I was curious how the designers would react to the invasionThe novel follows Lily Sutter an American teacher who travels to Paris to visit her brother She becomes a focus between the two iconic designers and their fued is escalated and the cat fighting becomes uite intenseI enjoyed learning about their very different personalities and styles Shiaparelli was playful and edgy while Chanel was the legend of classic elegant piecesI found this novel intriguing and at times La santa anoressia. Digiuno e misticismo dal Medioevo a oggi gripping with a cast of strong personalities A bit oflamour some humor and a reminder of the dangerous period when Hitler was invading countriesFans of fashion and historical fiction will be thrilled with this oneOut June 252019Thanks to Berkley for my copy The focus of The Last Collection is the rivalry between fashion designers Coco Chanel and Elsa Schiaparelli Oh my What a rivalry it was Fierce In 1938 Paris Coco Chanel and Elsa Schiaparelli are each trying to be the most well known designer in France Everyone knows they are rivals Because of this they choose to be polar opposites in every way Where Chanel is classic and understated Schiaparelli is bold and edgy Lily Sutter is a young American teacher visiting her brother Charlie in Paris who offers to buy and edgy Lily Sutter is a young American teacher visiting her brother Charlie in Paris who offers to buy a Chanel dress The problem Lily would rather have a Schiaparelli Then Charlie s influential Remembering and Repeating girlfriend decides she wants clothes from Schiaparelli too Lily is offered a job in Schiaparelli s store and and Lily is in the middle of the fight between Chanel and Schiaparelli The threat of World War II only heightens the intensity of their rivalry The Last Collection is smoothly written and the rivalry between Schiaparelli and Chanel hooked me in from the start I was struck by how the two designers differed on most everything Sometimes rivalries develop when there is overlap but here fashion art and creativity seemed to be the onlyeneral overlaps I also enjoyed Lily s characters and how she shared her art and healed from the loss of her husband The time period and historical backdrop were written beautifully and the characters were well drawn as the complex and dynamic women they were Every ounce of this was perfect storytelling and I adored my time spent with this book reading about these three strong women Historical fiction fans and fans of strong female characters will be pleased I received a complimentary copy All opinions are my own My reviews can also be found on my blog wwwjennifertarheelreadercom 35 StarsThe Last Collection is a fun and entertaining yet heartfelt story that explores the rivalry between iconic fashion designers Elsa Schiaparelli and Coco Chanel Jeanne Mackin does a fantastic job of bringing both women alive and showing us just how different they are from their designs to their political sides I An American woman becomes entangled in the intense rivalry between iconic fashion designers Coco Chanel and Elsa Schiaparelli in this captivating novel from the acclaimed author of The Beautiful American Paris 1938 Coco Chanel and Elsa Schiaparelli are fighting for recognition as the most successful and influential fashion designer in France and their rivalry is already legendary .
Fashion is every much an Art Form As Paintings Or form as paintings or Reading The Last Collection was just sublime as I loved reading about icons Coco Chanel and Elsa Schiaparelli two women who couldn t be different if they tried and their well known rivalryJeanne Mackin has written an exuisite novel set amidst the backdrop of the beginning of WWII in Paris 1938 where fashion houses were dominated by two women Chanel and Schiaparelli Coco was known for her very tailored looks lean proportions black and white colors tweeds feminized men s looks class elegance and simplicity Schiap on the other hand was all about artistic freedom creativity and innovation bold colors designs and materials Dressing the echelon of society and being recognized as the best drove their rivalryBecoming entwined with both women and their rivalry is the story s main protagonist Lily Sutter the widowed American teacherartist living in France whose first person POV immediately draws you into the story the events fictional and non fictional the characters and setting Lily s lost all ability to paint after her husband s death and her world is dull and Leonardo and the Mona Lisa Story gray Yet once she is caught up in the world of Paris befriends Ania becomes close to Schiap and Coco as close as anyone can she begins a journey of self discovery that allows her to see the world in color again and also begin to paintI felt the writing was magical as Mackin blends fact with fiction to create this fascinating and tense novel Schiap and Coco are major parts of the narrative including facts like the much talked about incident when Coco accidentally on purpose caused Schiap s costume to catch fire while they were dancing Coco s affair with Nazi officer Von Dincklage Schiap s socialism and But there s to this story with fictional characters like Lily Ania Lily s brother Charlie and Otto As their stories overlap the iconic women Mackin writes an absorbing and emotional novel that seems so realistic that I almost Googled Lily The Last Collection is a fascinating highly detailed novel thatives Mona Lisa great insight into the fashion houses of the 1930s the wonderful creativity of Chanel and Schiaparelli descriptions of their clothing and accessory designs and of course the impact of WWII Highly recommended for fashion lovers and history loversThank you Berkley Books for theifted copy All opinions are my own The thirties was a Fly Away Home (South Africa Series, golden age of couture and it was dominated by one city Paris and that city was dominated by two women Coco Chanel and Elsa Schiaparelli Paris 1938 Lily Sutter art teacher arrives in Paris to meet her brother who is visiting the city While picking a dress at Elsa Schiaparelli s boutiue Lily meets the famous designer again Later through her brother sirlfriend she also meets Coco Chanel Lily becomes friends with both fashion designers Her short visit turns into a longer stay She uses her artistic abilities to paint Elsa s boutiue windows Thus Lily works for flamboyant Elsa but at the same time she feels drawn to elegant Coco In a way both fashion icons use Lily for their rivalry as they both continuously fight for reputation and fame They were ambitious sometimes vain always talented a new type of women who made their own rules With the brewing political situation and talks of Hitler invading Paris Elsa also has something else in mind for Lily Elsa sees two choices when it comes to politics It s either fascism or communism She picks the latter in opposition to Coco who picks the first But she needs to protect her daughterIn eneral I don t like stories which are propelled by rivalry but I didn t mind this one It actually added some humor to the story I enjoyed the views of two icons of each other Coco That Italian arrivista was turning women into clowns Dresses with silly buttons as big as tennis balls flopping feathers all over the place trains three yards long animal embroideries and seuins like circus performer costumes There is much depth to the interesting characters and their very different styles of fashion Coco epitome of style simple and classy Shiap representing verve and confidence with bold colors and frippery dimensions confidence with bold colors and frippery Dimensions interestingly expressed how the styles of fashion of those two icons reflect their childhoods The characters are charged with emotions making them very realThe world of couture comes alive with designs of the two icons fashion shows and what oes around them Set against the brewing political situation which brings effects of it on businesses and people Dressing well is resistance revenge pride a form of control over forces that try to control us That is why prisoners are put in identical uniforms They no longer exist as individuals Enjoyed the writing very much It moves the story uickly Beautifully crafted story brings the rich world of fashion and two icons who forged that world Intimately presented we Seeing Through the Eyes of the Polish Revolution get to know both women on both sides public and private. Nentirlfriend soon begins wearing Schiaparelli's designs as well and much of Paris follows in her footstepsSchiaparelli offers budding artist Lily a job at her store and Lily finds herself increasingly involved with Schiaparelli and Chanel's personal war Their fierce competition reaches new and dangerous heights as the Nazis and the looming threat of World War II bear down on Par.