The Last Collection by Jeanne Mackin

My aunt and cousin (who works in the fashion industry) have introduced me to Coco Chanel as a child and I’m pretty much in love with this plot.

Thank you Berkley for gifting me a copy in exchange for my honest review.

Synopsis: 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

This is another one of those books set in the 1930s-1940s era that has completely captivated me. Jeanne did an amazing job researching for this book. There is so much history and intricate fashion detail that it was truly mesmerizing to read. The tension between these two women was nail-biting as you read which added a whole new layer to this book. What a neat premise and so beautifully written!

4/5 Stars

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