‘She was the real thing’, these are the words often used to describe Loulou de la Falaise (1947-2011), fashion icon and muse to Yves Saint Laurent as well as a designer of fashion, accessories and jewellery in her own right.
Born to an Anglo-Irish fashion model and a French marquis, Loulou modeled briefly for American Vogue before moving to Paris in 1972 to work alongside Yves Saint Laurent with whom she formed a life long bond. Her style served as the inspiration for YSL’s Le Smoking suit and YSL’s classic sheer blouse, a style de la Falaise often wore herself.
As a free spirit, Loulou enjoyed living with a gay abandon that was exemplified in her bohemian chic style. How natural and gorgeous is this?
Not confined by convention and possessed with daring, she displayed an element of casualness and mischief that was right for the times.
‘Hippie deluxe glamour’ was her hallmark. Her unique style came from within, guided by her keen eye that sort vivid colours, exotic influences and ethnic jewels.
Her avant-garde look, is 100% up to date 38 years later! We could be forgiven for thinking this is a photo from Harpers Bazaar 2015. There’s so much to love about this woman.
There was an energy and an intelligence in the style that she brought to her jewellery designs and accessories for Saint Laurent.
After three decades she launched her own fashion business designing clothing, jewellery and accessories that retailed in the US and Paris.
Loulou’s social life was a high flying whirl but she was happiest in the company of her close friend Yves Saint Laurant, husband Thadée Klossowski de Rola and their daughter, Anna.
In her later life, Loulou became a passionate gardener and her innate style and exuberance was further expressed in the eclectic and exotic bohemian décor of her homes.
Pictured above in 2010 with Betty Catroux she embodies cool class.
Gorgeous and bubbly with an ever present twinkle in her eye, Loulou’s gaiety of spirit shone through in her being and all that she touched. Fashion is all better for it.
“You took one look at Loulou and gasped.” Grace Coddington. You would have to agree.