Tribute to Loulou de la Falaise

The British muse of Yves Saint Laurent has passed away. Some say she personified grace and elegance.

Unfortunately I don’t know much about her, yet I wanted to share with you my favorite extracts of an interview, she gave, I found it facinating: –

She met Yves Saint Laurent in 1968, when she arrived in a troubled Paris. She was herself in trouble. She was going through a divorce. She was visiting a friend, Fernando Sanchez, the best friend of Yves Saint Laurent and Karl Lagerfeld.

She met Yves Saint Laurent several times, she was fascinated by the passion between Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé, whom had been his lover for nine years. She saw an extemely dramatic and funny side in their relationship.

She explained that in 1968, in London, manners and fashion were very liberated, she was wearing ultra short skirts or dresses in floral chiffon Ossie Clark with boots Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche.. She had never lived in Paris and she was a very extravagant creature for Parisians who weren’t as advanced as they thought. She had worked for a fashion magazine in England, but she said she was completely ignorant of French couture.

After her stay in Paris, she went to New York where she spent several years working in the world of fashion. One day in 1972, Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Berge asked if she wanted to work with them.

What he liked about Loulou was her freedom, her ability to mix things which were not supposed to go together, her sense of color.

After so many years working alongside Yves Saint Laurent, she moved on and she created jewelry for the American designer Oscar de la Renta and developed her creations Loulou de la Falaise. Her jewelry had vibrant color, made of multiple materials, precious wood, coral, stones …she wanted them brilliant and bold to brighten life, merci Loulou.

Loulou has left us, it remains her creations, her example, her elegance and ease

Hats off Loulou

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