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The Last Collection

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 The Last PDFEPUB or author of The Beautiful American Paris Coco Chanel and Elsa Schiaparelli are fighting for recognition as the most successful and influential fashion designer in France and their rivalry is already l. 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 gotten yourself intoLove he said He offers to buy her a Chanel dress but Lily insists on visiting Schiaparelli dragging along Ania Charlie s girlfriend and the IT girl of the times Clothes aren t just 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 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 pure gold Go ahead Coco said Weep Baptize the 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 for Schiaparelli their fascination began to make senseThe setting was convincingly done and the era was well represented at least to my admittedly untrained eyeI adored all the little details that the author wove into the story it absolutely swept me off my feet I loved how the author described the actual collections Schiaparelli and Chanel designed for during those years The clothing was so cool to read about especially the circus themed collection I would LOVED to have seen Chanel s reaction in real life All in all this book was smart witty and funny It completely took me on a journey and I loved every minute of it YouTube Blog Instagram Twitter Snapchat mirandareads Happy Reading With thanks to Berkley Publishing and the author for sending me a free copy in exchange for an honest 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Rominent girlfriend 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 Pari. I ve always been a lover of fashion was obsessed with fashion designers and design at one point in my life thanks to my artist mother who scattered our home with fashion magazines because she just like Elsa Schiaparelli always said couture and high fashion is every much an art form as paintings or drawings 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 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 that gives 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 the gifted copy All opinions are my own

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Egendary They oppose each other at every turn in both their politics and their designs Chanel's are classic elegant and practical Schiaparelli's bold experimental and surrealWhen Lily Sutter a recently widowed young American teacher visits her brother Charlie in Paris he insists on buying her a couture dress a Chanel Lily however prefers a Schiaparelli Charlie's beautiful and socially p. I received this book for free from the publisher Berkley Publishing in exchange for an honest reviewThis was a really fascinating book It combined pre WWII and WWII historical fiction with the cut throat world of haute couture fashion It took me a little longer to get interested in it but once I was I was hooked Coco Chanel and Elsa Schiaparelli are two very intriguing women and this book does a great job showcasing their legendary rivalry As the author writes Men who persist in the belief that women are soft sentimental creatures have never worked in the fashion industry pg 134 The added backdrop of WWII created even drama between the two I liked that the book did not shy away from Coco s affair with a famous Nazi The novel utilizes a third party Lily Sutter to highlight the complexities of both women Lily ends up befriending and spending time with both of them and in doing so we are shown a intimate view of these two remarkable women Lastly there was a really wonderful uote about fashion as a means of resistance The book states Dressing well is resistance revenge pride a form of control over forces trying to control us That s why when taken prisoner he first thing your enemy takes is that outer layer of your identity and independence your clothes That is why prisoners are put in identical uniforms They no longer exist as individuals pg 274 Overall this is an enthralling portrait of two headstrong fashion designers in the years leading up to World War II


About the Author: Jeanne Mackin

Jeanne Mackin is the author of The Beautiful American and A Lady of Good Family In addition to several other novels as well as short The Last PDF/EPUB or fiction and creative nonfiction she is the author of the Cornell Book of Herbs and Edible Flowers and co editor of The Norton Book of Love She lives with her husband in upstate New York.



10 thoughts on “The Last Collection

  1. says:

    45 stars I couldn't he whispered bending close to my earI knowI wantedI know that too Few rivalries were as brilliant vibran

  2. says:

    The Last Collection by Jeanne Mackin is a 2019 Berkley publication Interesting highly absorbing look at the lives of two fashion iconsParis 1938Lily Sutter an art teacher and grieving widow accepts her brother Charlie’s invitation to visit him in Paris Once there meets Charlie’s girlfriend Ania a woman who is trapped in a loveless marriag

  3. says:

    425 STARS A beautifully written novel highlighting two famous fashion designer icons The gossip and rivalry was

  4. says:

    Two iconic fashion designers who couldn’t be different one is French and one is Italian one is from wealth and the other is from poverty They possessed different aesthetics different political views and very different personality types Coco Chanel is famous for simple lines natural shapes and the introduction of trouse

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    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

  6. says:

    I received this book for free from the publisher Berkley Publishing in exchange for an honest reviewThis was a really fascinating book It combined pre WWII and WWII historical fiction with the cut throat world of haute couture fashion It too

  7. says:

    35 StarsThe Last Collection is a fun and entertaining yet heartfelt story that explores the rivalry between iconic fashion designers Elsa Schi

  8. says:

    I've always been a lover of fashion was obsessed with fashion designers and design at one point in my life thanks to my artist moth

  9. says:

    Fascinating look at two fashion icons as different as the clothes they designed Review coming soon

  10. says:

    “The thirties was a 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’s girlfriend she also meets Coco Chan

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