More Than a Muse
Yves Saint Laurent, standing in background, with Loulou de La Falaise
Photographed by Deborah Turbeville, Vogue, February 1975
On November 5th, 2011, Loulou de la Falaise died at her home in France at the age of 63. She is best known as the muse of Yves St. Laurent although the term "muse" is one that she did not appreciate, believing that it diminished her true role and influence on the YSL line. She was a real eccentric, a woman born into wealth and privilege but that embodied the spirit of a gypsy. She was the most elegant of bohemians. To me, one of her most important contributions to fashion was her inspiration and role in Yves St. Laurent's creation of Le Smoking which changed the way women dressed forever and which is a look I myself frequently reference. Click the link below to read the article on Vogue.com regarding her life, influence, and death. She was a very interesting woman and one worth knowing about.
Helmut Newton's 1975 photo of Le Smoking