Thursday, May 1, 2008

The Muses of Yves Saint Laurent Pt 3

Loulou de la Falaise is perhaps the most well known of YSL´s muses. Though I had known had that she had always been universally credited as one of the designer´s inspirational forces, it wasn´t until I saw Teboul´s documentary about YSL that I realized the full impact of her presence in the design house.

Rather than mere muse, though that is by no means an empty title, Loulou was really the designer´s right hand, his directrice of design. No wonder that, following YSL´s retirement, she has explored her own creative side and delved into designing herself with her own maison of style in Paris.

I remember watching her in the moving pic, being captivated by everything about her: her double pleated pants, the way she would roll up her sleeves, or turn up her collar...even the way she would stand there half-akimbo, a cigarette in her hand.

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