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The Last Collection
The Last Collection: A Novel of Elsa Schiaparelli and Coco Chanel | Jeanne Mackin
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An American woman becomes entangled in the intense rivalry between iconic fashion designers Coco Chanel and Elsa Schiaparelli in this vivid novel from the acclaimed author of The Beautiful American. Paris, 1938. Coco Chanel and Elsa Schiaparelli ("Schiap") 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. Lily Cooper, a recently widowed American teacher, travels to Paris to visit her brother, Charlie, and try to move on from the loss of her husband. On her first day there, Charlie insists on buying her a couture dress for her birthday--a Chanel. Lily reluctantly agrees but wants a Schiaparelli, not a Chanel. Charlie's girlfriend, Ania, one of the most beautiful and prominent women in Paris, begins wearing Schiap's designs as well, and soon much of Paris is following in her footsteps. Schiap takes an interest in Lily and offers the budding artist a job at her shop. Suddenly, Lily finds herself increasingly involved with Schiap and her personal war with Chanel. And as their fierce competition reaches new and dangerous heights, another war is looming on their doorstep and getting closer every day....
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JenlovesJT47
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This tells of the rivalry of Coco Chanel and Elsa Schiaparelli in the years leading up to WWII. A bit slow in places but definitely worth reading. It‘s told from the POV of a third party, the fictional character of Lily, recently widowed who becomes good friends with both designers. It‘s interesting learning about the different fashions of the day, and of course I‘m always interested in anything set in Paris. 3.5⭐️

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BritanyA
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Panpan

⭐️: Hard Pass. These characters should have dazzled and delighted and instead I was deeply bored.

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oddandbookish
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This 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!

Full review: https://oddandbookish.wordpress.com/2019/07/16/review-the-last-collection/

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FeministBookClub
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Started slow but now I‘m into it.

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SilversReviews
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Best of Luck!!

This books sounds awesome.

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Crazeedi Sounds like an interesting story. I read a book about coco chanel, and it had a bit about the rivalry between schiaparelli and her 5mo
SilversReviews @Crazeedi There was a discussion the other night. The book sounds very interesting. Thanks for commenting. 5mo
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Amie
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I gave this until about 10% and decided it wasn't for me, so moving on. #netgalley

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Reecaspieces
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🍭🍭🍭🍭🍭 review is up on my blog. Stop by and say hi. This is a good one. https://reecaspieces.com/2019/06/25/the-last-collection-by-jeanne-mackin-berkley...

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KatieDid927
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This was enjoyable. I can be picky about historical fiction that features real people, but the author did her research. The story itself was interesting and I was along for the ride. I was also glad to learn more about Schiaparelli. #ARC

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KatieDid927
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It‘s heeeeere!!! Thanks @JamieLou !! 🤗 Now we play the waiting game...

#SummerSantaGoesPostal @BookishMarginalia

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Lisas.Library
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When Lily Sutter, a recently widowed young American teacher, visit her brother in Paris, he insists on buying her a Chanel dress. However, Lily prefers a Schiaparelli.

Schiaparelli offers Lily a job at her store, and soon Lily finds herself increasingly involved with Schiaparelli and Chanel‘s personal war.

This sounds fun!!
Coming June 25, 2019
@BerkleyPub

Velvetfur That sounds fantastic! Stacked 👍 6mo
Lisas.Library @Velvetfur ~ doesn‘t it!! And I love the cover! 6mo
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Booksnchill
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Thanks to Penguin Random House for this ARC of a novel about Elsa Schiaparelli and Coco Chanel that releases on June 25. Looks like a great summer read!

LeslieO Oh this sounds good! 6mo
Booksnchill @LeslieO 👗👠💍💎 6mo
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Rhondareads
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Coco Chanel ,Elsa Schiaparelli rivals in the world of fashion. Gorgeous designs perfect dresses a delicious story of their rivalry and one young woman who becomes involved in their personal war of design. @BerkleyPub

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Traveler13
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I loved this little glimpse of fashion history. Schiaparelli isn‘t someone that has had the ink spike on her that Chanel has so sewing more of her was fun.