Friday, March 30, 2012

Style Inspiration: Loulou de la Falaise

Loulou de la Falaise, photographed by Richard Avedon for Vogue, 1970.

Loulou de la Falaise was a fashion muse and accessories designer, probably best known for her collaboration and close friendship with Yves Saint Laurent, whom she met in 1968 through a friend.  She inspired and moved him, and he said of her, "Loulou’s true talent, other than her undeniable professional qualities, is her charm. Unique. Moving ... She has an extraordinary lightness of touch, along with a faultless critical view of fashion. Intuitive, innate, individual. Her presence at my side is a dream." (SourceCecil Beaton said she was the "only truly chic Englishwoman," who managed to be really chic in even the most hideous of clothes.

Her style was daring, distinctive and equal parts bohemian and aristocratic, a combination of her free spirited nature and her pedigree -- the Anglo-Irish-French de la Falaise was the daughter of a count and a fashion model.  She moved to Manhattan in the late '60s and made a splash -- Diana Vreeland commissioned Richard Avedon to take photos of her for Vogue, and she designed for YSL and Halston.  De la Falaise died last year in France at the age of 63.

 Loulou had a penchant for head scarves and turbans.

Loulou and Marina Schiano in front of the Yves Saint Laurent Couture House in Paris in 1969.

Loulou in 1966, at her wedding to first husband, Desmond FitzGerald, the Knight of Glin

Betty Catroux, and Loulou with Yves Saint Laurent outside of his first Rive Gauche boutique in 1969.


She was described in an issue of Vogue as being "paper-clip thin."

Loulou at her wedding in 1977, to second husband, the French writer Thadée Klossowski de Rola.

In a chic pillbox hat at a 1978 theater opening.

Loulou in Vogue, by Richard Avedon.

Photo Sources:
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