Four young fashion hopefuls arrive in Paris, 1968, determined to claw their way to the top of the ruthless world of the haute couture.
Monique, a seamstress destined to become so much more, watches Chanel's staff spray No 5 perfume in the street outside the famous maison de couture. Can her dreams of success and love come true in this magical place?
Christopher, London born and bred, a handsome new designer, determined to make it in a world where sex-appeal and success go hand in hand - and heterosexual men are rare and prized.
Samantha, an ultra-spoiled Daddy's girl who always gets her way, has the gift of selling French perfume and fashion with sex, sex and yet more sex. But can a loud, brash American ever conquer the sophisticated ladies of Paris?
And hauntingly beautiful Sophie, the top model who becomes Chanel's 'Face' on a million billboards and magazine covers, yet has a terrible secret in her past that refuses to stay buried.
Four young lives collide and entangle in the secretive world of French fashion as Harold Carlton weaves a spellbinding tale of passionate love, ambitious rivalry and exquisite clothes.
About the Author
Harold Carlton used to sketch the Paris runway collections and worked as assistant designer for two Paris maisons de couture, Nina Ricci and Courreges. He subsequently worked in New York illustrating fashion pieces for the New York Times and Madamoiselle.
And speaking of the diverse background of writers, this frou-frou comes with a satisfaction guaranteed promise from fashion illustrator for the New York Times, Harold Carlton.
With the endless fascination with Parisian fashion, be it on the catwalk, on the screen or on paper, this Sex and the City meets The Devil Wears Prada tale of four young fashion hopefuls in the Paris of 1968 is sure to be taken up as quickly as a pair of Manolos in a sale.
This is the season's must-have accessory - a delicious romp through Parisian haute couture. With his background as a sketch artist for the Paris collections, Carlton knows the world he writes about intimately. He is brilliant on the rivalries, the etiquette, the indiscretions making this delicious blend of fashion, nostalgia and Paris a book that makes you want to get out the matching luggage and catch that next plane.
'For a light summer read I recommend Heaven, Hell and Mademoiselle, a novel by Harold Carlton, set in the world of Paris Haute Couture in the late 1960s.' -April 2010 -- LIZ JONES 'It's a super, intelligent read.' - May 2010 STAR MAGAZINE 'Follow the fortunes of Monique, Christopher, Sophie and Samantha - and expect back-stabbing, sex and lots of Chanel. Christopher is the butt of many laugh-out-loud moments - particularly his encounter with an older woman who shows him a new meaning for dessert! Frivolous, rude, sun-lounger froth.' - July 2010 PRIMA 'A charming diversion, a book to take on holiday to escape the everyday. .If you'd like a mental break ... take a visit to the fashion world in Paris in turbulent 1968...' - 2010 AUSTRALIAN WOMAN'S WEEKLY
Number Of Pages: 359
Published: 13th May 2010
Dimensions (cm): 23.3 x 15.4 x 3.2
Weight (kg): 0.481