The fashion world lost one of its legends this weekend with the passing of French model and designer Lou Lou de la Falaise. A long time collaborator and muse of the renowned late designer Yves Saint Laurent, de la Falaise worked alongside him for many years, but also became a valued and trusted friend.
During her career in front of the camera she modelled for other designers including Elsa Schiaparelli, but was best known for her close relationship with Saint Laurent himself. Among her many contributions to fashion it was said that she was partially responsible for inspiring the classic ‘le smoking’ YSL jacket, as well as the sheer blouses the design house became known for.
At the time she met Saint Laurent, de la Falaise intrigued him with her bohemian and free sense of style, a manner that was at odds with the more classic and proper styles that were then fashionable in Paris. Although earlier in her career she was said to have resented the label of a ‘muse’ in later years she grew to accept this role and the benefits it had led to.
After leaving the house of YSL following the retirement of Saint Laurent, de la Falaise launched her own label in 2003 and she later went on to design costume jewellery for Oscar de la Rente. According to a quote in the Runway blogs section of the New York Times, she once said that “anything can inspire” her designs, even a simple “crack in the wall”. Sadly after a lifetime in fashion, it’s time to say adieu.