If you love fashion and want an honest account of two of fashion’s greatest figures, then put The Beautiful Fall by Alicia Drake on your wish list.
Drake cleverly weaves together the biographies of Karl Lagerfeld and Yves Saint Laurent and tells the story of the heady days of fashion, personalities and influences in Paris from the 50s to the present day. She also explores the balance of power between the two rivals. They may have been friends in the early days but it seemed that Lagerfeld was always playing catch-up to the imaginative, focus and genius that was Yves Saint Laurent.
With their own band of followers and muses, both designers found themselves as celebrated among the Parisian glitterati. While Karl Lagerfeld continues to wow fashion lovers every season at Chanel, YSL’s legacy lives on. He may have been a more troubled character than the seemingly controlled Lagerfeld but, as with most geniuses, people ignored his idiosyncrasies.
Karl too had his moments and certainly made an impact with his eccentric way of dress. But underneath the creative exterior was an astute and obsessive businessman, who knew how to make money.
This book that features interviews and countless accounts by the stars of the day such as Loulou de la Falaise, friends and colleagues of both Lagerfeld and YSL is a great way to remind us of their influence in the past and present.