05 November 2011

LouLou, Louise Vava Lucia Henriette de la Falaise


4 May 1948 — 5 November 2011

REQUIESCAT IN PACE

 
 
photograph by Jean-Pierre Masclet



Loulou de la Falaise, designer in her own right and muse of fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent, died Saturday at the age of 63. She might be described as a light to Saint Laurent's ongoing battles with depression. She was the British born- the daughter of the gorgeous Irish Maxime-model for Elsa Schiaparelli.

















She forged a life long friendship with Yves Saint Laurent in 1968, working alongside him in adorning his collections with jewelry and hats.  She married Thadee Klossowski de Rola, son of the painter Balthus, in 1977.

15 comments:

  1. Thank you for a splendid portrait of a lady who inspired many, too early gone. She will be remembered for long time.

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  2. This is the first I learned of this. It makes me terribly sad. Curtis

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  3. shattering news
    she was divine!

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  4. Gaye, what a shock to read of Loulou's demise!
    Have you seen No 5 Avenue Montaigne, the documentary about the making
    of St Laurent's final collection? Loulou was the calming presence, she understood YSL down to his toenails, and she kept everything sane~all
    of it apparent in that film. For some, the documentary is like watching
    paint dry, for others, it is thrilling and inspiring. To see the skills that went
    into those creations, the care taken with every detail, makes one want
    to turn back the clock. RIP Loulou.

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  5. It is sad news. Mr Worthington, I just watched L'amor Fou last night and had ordered the movie you recommend. I posted on L'amor just this am. Now can not wait to see it No 5 . pgt

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  6. As the French would say, merde! Soon there will be no one left.

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  7. oh what a loss. she was a stylish and fabulous woman.

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  8. All I have read is the first sentence, I knew she was younger than I! I am 64 going on 65!

    I am shocked and so sad. Now I will read. And thank you for your post I haven't read yet. I know it will be great. I think I cannot read it until tomorrow. I am so sad.

    Penelope

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  9. I am devastated! I always thought she would live along with me! I am a year older! Good grief!
    What a loss to all of us; regardless of age! I was such an admirer and follower of her.
    I am heartbroken. We all suffer the loss. What a terrible young death!

    Penelope

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  10. I am saddened--Loulou was one of the brightest lights. thank you. Mary

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  11. C'était une grande dame de la mode et une belle créatrice de bijoux!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Have a good evening!

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  12. Wow, that first image. Inspiring is an understatement. What a loss.

    MT

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  13. What sad news! I greatly enjoyed the portrait of LouLou in Alicia Drake's The Beautiful Fall, and started finding out more about her as an individual. Another style icon leaves us. I look forward to reading the whole article you so kindly reprinted. Thanks and condolences.

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  14. what a great tribute to her. what a loss for all.

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