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. 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 surreal.
When 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 prominent girlfriend soon begins wearing Schiaparelli’s designs as well, and much of Paris follows in her footsteps.
Schiaparelli 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 Paris.
The Last Collection
The Last Collection is the first book I have read by Jeanne Mackin. I thought it was an entertaining and fascinating read. It was great learning about fashion greats Elsa Schiaparelli and Coco Chanel. I loved the vivid details that made me feel as though I was transported back in time and living during their time. I loved the introduction of Lily, as well. She was a perfect addition to the story and getting entwined with the fashion world. I enjoyed getting to know her and admired her courage and bravery.
I am giving The Last Collection four and a half stars. I recommend it for readers who enjoy historical fiction that include historical figures from the past. I would love to read more by Jeanne Mackin in the future.
I received a print copy of The Last Collection from the publisher. This review is one hundred percent my own honest opinion.
The last collection
An average story of two very vain women. Some of the couture definitions were fun, but the story was told in an average way
The Last Collection by Jeanne Mackin is historical fiction that will make you fall in love with Paris and the fashion industry. Ms. Mackin’s words are as entrancing as the time and place she is writing about. She describes life in Paris with all the controversies in society before Germany invaded during WWII. The characters quarrel about love, fashion, politics around the world in the 1930‘s to 1950‘s. Their lives are touched by joy, tragedy, sorrow, betrayal and enduring love.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Edelweiss. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. I appreciate the opportunity and thank the author and publisher for allowing me to read, enjoy and review this book.