Loulou de la Falaise, the iconic muse and collaboratrice of Yves Saint Laurent died yesterday. She was 63.
In a 2002 New Yorker article about Yves Saint Laurent, writer Judith Thurman called "the quintessential Rive Gauche haute bohémienne" by the New Yorker, de la Falaise's style served as the inspiration for YSL's Le Smoking suit and YSL's classic sheer blouse, a style de la Falaise often wore herself.
In addition to serving as muse and constant companion to Yves Saint Laurent, de la Falaise designed accessories for the iconic French house. As Cathy Horyn writes in her On the Runway post remembering de la Falaise, her "chunky bracelets and necklaces...helped establish the YSL look." After Saint Laurent retired in 2002, de la Falaise launched her own ready-to-wear line, sold in a namesake boutique she opened on Rue Cambon.
We thought it fitting to remember Loulou de la Falaise through her incredible influential style. Take a look.
Betty Catroux, Yves Saint Laurent, and Loulou de la Falaise at the opening of Saint Laurent's first rive gauche boutique in London.
An early modeling shot.
And her hair was flawless.
Nobody wore a headscarf like Loulou.
Another of Loulou's modeling shots. Perhaps we'll also credit her as the originator of the Trentini jump?
And the epitome of Rive Gauche je ne sais quoi in a perfect white suit and hat.
A 1970s party pic of Loulou wearing a style that served as inspiration of Marc Jacobs' Spring 2011 show.
Loulou and Yves Saint Laurent at a party.
Loulou wearing her signature chunky necklaces, which she eventually designed under her own name.
A recent photo of Loulou looking stunning in a quilted jacket and chunky necklaces.
In addition to serving as Yves Saint Laurent's constant companion and muse, Loulou designed jewelry for YSL. As you can see, she never disappointed in her personal jewelry choices.