|Loulou de la Falaise|
Last weekend, Louise Vava Lucia Henriette Le Bailly de la Falaise, died at her home in Normandy at the age of 63 after what the French press said was "a long illness."
Adjectives and superlatives abound when one tries to describe her extraordinary life in the very, very fast lane of fashion, fun and excess. She was, and always will be, an original. She was a wild child, a bright spirit, and an exceptionally creative woman.
|Yves Saint Laurent with his "muse" Loulou de la Falaise.|
It was her collaboration with Yves Saint Laurent from 1972 until his retirement in 2002 where the world was first exposed to her extravagantly artistic talent, not only in her jewelry that accessorized the designer's collections, but also her behind-the-scenes influence on his work and her calm, witty personality that soothed his mercurial, often melancholy moods. He called her his "little miracle."
|Loulou de la Falaise and Thadee Klossowski de Rola (youngest son of the the painter Balthus) at their 1977 wedding hosted by Yves Saint Laurent|
She was a sparkling cocktail of English/Irish/French aristocracy and bohemian eccentricity. Her grandmother and mother, both lively, often scandalous beauties, set the tone which completely complimented her break-the-rules personality.
For an original like Loulou de la Falaise whom I once briefly met and often saw out and about in Paris, it seems to me her work and photographs of her unique sartorial splendor speak far more eloquently than any words I could conjure up to capture her esprit.
Loulou de la Falaise was indeed an idiosyncratic style icon of unparalleled daring and dash, a true original in every sense of the word.
Please click over to visit Dash at her divine blog, The French Sampler , for more on Loulou de la Falaise.
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