The model/Yves St. Laurent muse/accessories designer is as much of a fashion influence now as she was in her mid-century heyday.
The cool thing about Loulou de la Falaise, as I discovered while doing image research for this post, is that there are as many photos of her looking amazing now, in her 60s, as there are of her in her much-celebrated youth (she was a noted muse and accessories designer for Yves St. Laurent). That kind of assuredness is no surprise for a woman who allegedly inspired the famous women’s tuxedo, the 1966 YSL smoking, but it’s still great to see that her influence extending into the decades.
Stylishness seems to run in her family, too: her mother, Maxime de la Falaise was well-known for her fashion sense and modelled for the iconic designer of her own time, Schiaparelli, while her daughter, Lucie, is a consistent presence on European Best Dressed lists. Collaborating with St. Laurent until his death in 2008, de la Falaise now runs Maison de Loulou, a boutique in Paris’s Left Bank that sells many of her innovative accessories designs, including her distinctive, bohemian-tinged necklaces (see some in the gallery, below).
Want to know more? The Beautiful Fall by Alicia Drake is an excellent book that takes a look at the competing design influences of Yves St. Laurent and Karl Lagerfeld in the mid-20th century, and Loulou features largely.