Homage to Fashion Icon, Loulou de la Falaise

7 Nov

Text, Vivian Kelly

In 2007, I was honored and privileged to have met one of the few remaining living fashion icons, Loulou de la Falaise. The place was San Francisco, where as one of their online Fashion Journalism instructors, I’d been invited to attend Academy of Art University’s April Fashion Show. We were at the pre-show cocktail party. Granted, it was only for a minute and with a few other people circling around her, but we did actually speak.  I managed not to spill my glass of chardonnay, as I soaked-in every detail I could of her outfit, all the while attempting to not be overtly staring and banking the details in my brain. She was reed thin, had crazy curls, a huge smile, and wore fuchsia lipstick.  Here was a woman who was “older” and as the French love to say, “comfortable in her own skin” – no BoDoc for her thank you.

She had necklaces and bracelets piled on and it all worked together and gave her blouse and trouser ensemble a festive air and a bit of a fairy-like quality, which YSL referred to in Alicia Drake’s The Beautiful Fall, which I’d read when it came out the year before. For those of you have haven’t read it, make some time to and I promise you it will keep you up for hours, as you learn about the rivalry between Yves Saint Laurent and Karl Lagerfeld and the member of their “camps”. Loulou was one of YSL’s most famous muses. She was in one of my ultimate “right time/right places” – the louche Paris fashion scene in the Seventies.

Click here, to read the lovely tribute to Loulou on AAU’s School of Fashion blog to learn more about this extraordinary fashion personality.

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