The Muse // Loulou de la Falaise, the free-spirited bohemian

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Loulou de la Falaise in Yves Saint Laurent for Vogue, 1970.

A powerful spirit and a dazzling and sparkling personality, no wonder Loulou was baptised in parfume instead of holy water! (Shocking, by Schiaparelli, to be more accurate) Weather a myth or not, it doesn’t even matter. The legacy she left in terms of style and styling, and her feminine-chic touch of inspiration, made her not only Saint Laurent’s muse but also an eternal symbol of fresh spirit and playful creativity.
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With an eccentric model as a mother and a royal french figure as a father, Loulou’s life took an unexpected turn at a young age, when her parents divorced and she and her brother were sent to foster care. Her attempts to follow the norms where doomed to failure due to her rebellious nature, so she got expelled for several times until getting into the fashion world, where she could finally find the means to express her creative and powerful personality. It was alongside Yves Saint Laurent that she shined to the fullest. A friend and co-worker for him but also a constant inspiration, Loulou was the first woman in history to actually get a paid job as a Muse, in the early 70s’. For more than three decades, she designed jewelry and hats for Yves Saint Laurent, and the latter period brought her in the position of designing her own clothes.
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Photo credit: Jean Baptise Mondino
Photo credit: Jean Baptise Mondino

Her eclectic style and atipical approach left a strong trace in the development of fashion, and many elements she made famous back then are actually still cool today, like the turbans and colourful scarfs wrapped around the head. At her wedding with Thadée Klossowski de Rola in 1977, she wore a bohemian enssemble, representing a 16th century suit with harem pants and a large turban, designed  by Yves Saint Laurent, Rive Gauche.

What was she famous for?
Loulou was a rebel, free-spirited and naturally charming, developing a unique bohemian deLuxe look, combining elements from the Anglo-Irish aristocracy and the eternal chic of Parisian woman. She was the first Muse to actually own her job with this entitlement, a designer of clothes, hats and jewellry, a close friend of Yves Saint Laurent. Loulou de la Falaise is famous for her untamed spirit expressed with a lot of fantasy details and a specific sense of humor.

What was her style?
Her unique style included many colourful material, rich prints and heavy accesorising. Her style was joyful, happy, full of life, exploring cultures and materials, and integrating the boheme elements of the gypsy style and Irish aristocracy in a fresh, city version, with a touch of feminine chic.

The signature look.
Wearing many scarfs on her head in a turban-knot was one of her signature looks, that has kept it detached cool look until today. Combining statement jewelry in courageous looks. Short hair and a deep smile.

More about Loulou de la Falaise, within the pages of this book, released last year in her memory.
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Loulou on her wedding day to Klossowski in Paris, june 1977. Photo credit:  Guy Marineau
Loulou on her wedding day to Klossowski in Paris, june 1977.
Photo credit: Guy Marineau
Photo credit: Pascal Chevallier
Photo credit: Pascal Chevallier
Loulou de la Falaise and Yves Saint Lurent.  Photo credit: Photobucket
Loulou de la Falaise and Yves Saint Lurent.
Photo credit: Photobucket