By Jeanne Mackin
The Last Collection
Paris, 1938. Coco Chanel and Elsa Schiaparelli are fighting for recognition as the most important fashion designer in France, and their rivalry is already legendary. They oppose each other at every turn, in politics and couture designs.
When Schiaparelli offers a job to Lily, a young American artist visiting Paris, Lily finds herself involved with Schiaparelli and Chanel’s personal war. Their fierce competition reaches dangerous heights as the Nazis and looming threat of World War II bear down on Paris.
A vibrant portrait of two designers cut from very different cloth…A captivating read!”
–Stephanie Marie Thornton, author of American Princess
A wonderful story of two intensely creative women, their vibrant joie de vivre, and backbiting competition...Seamless research makes every character leap to life and kept me totally engaged from beginning to end.
– Shelley Noble, author of Lighthouse Beach
From New York to Paris, Jeanne Mackin takes the reader on an enthralling journey, complete with such vivid descriptions of the clothing, you can practically see them on the page. Beautifully rendered and meticulously researched…a must read.
– Renee Rosen, author of Park Avenue Summer
Transports the reader, juxtaposing both the gaiety and tension of Paris on the brink of war. As elegant and captivating as the designs depicted in the novel, THE LAST COLLECTION is the perfect read for both historical fiction lovers and fashion aficionados. Simply stunning.
– Chanel Cleeton, author of Next Year in Havana
THE LAST COLLECTION brings to center stage the fascinating life of Elsa Schiaparelli in a story that is as elegantly constructed as the clothes she designed. The combination of Schiap’s fierce rivalry with Coco Chanel and the inevitable war makes for a palpable tension, and Jeanne Mackin ultimately delivers an ending that is beautiful, heartbreaking, and perfect in every way.
– Michelle Gable, New York Times bestselling author of A Paris Apartment and The Summer I Met Jack
THE LAST COLLECTION is a skillful weave of compelling characters grappling for both fortune and affirmation, and is set against a vivid backdrop–first the glittering cosmos of Paris fashion, then the hardships of World War 2, and then the remains of beauty after war. Beautiful prose and imagery enrich every page. Mackin is an insightful, engaging storyteller.
– Susan Meissner, author of As Bright As Heaven
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