Monday, November 07, 2011

R.I.P. Loulou de la Falaise

Over the weekend, I was saddened to learn of the death of Loulou de la Falaise. Certainly one reason why I admired her was because she cut quite a stylish figure. De la Falaise was one of the few who could make bohemian chic look elegant. And of course, being part of Yves Saint Laurent's inner circle only added to her allure. In recent years, de la Falaise designed a line of jewelry. I own a pair of her earrings, and while I always get compliments when I wear them, I don't think that I have ever been able to channel de la Falaise's style. I'm far too American for that.

I thought it appropriate to show photos of her Paris home, one that was featured in the book
Paris Interiors by Lisa Lovatt-Smith. I've shown these before on my blog, but it seems worth repeating. And although her apartment was a bit too eclectic and cluttered to me, I find it interesting to see just how well-defined her style really was.

The massive crystal chandelier that hangs in the salon came from a grand Paris hotel.

In the living room, the 18th century American day bed was a gift from de la Falaise's mother, Maxime de la Falaise. The magazine table was designed by Loulou's brother, Alexis.

In the dining room-library, the mirror on the far wall was found by Jacques Grange, while th gilt ballroom chairs came from the Yves Saint Laurent atelier.

A treasure trove of de la Falaise's jewelry is prominent in the bedroom.

All photos from Paris Interiors by Lisa Lovatt-Smith; Roland Beaufre photographer.


  1. Very sad news indeed. That lady had style to share.
    Love her clutter!

  2. This was an amazing lady with style, creativity, sense of adventure and fearlessness. Thanks for the post. (I do love the clutter and mix). Mary

  3. I love over the top luxe, especially when handled with studied nonchalance. The lady certainly had style.

  4. One of my most treasured things is a watercolor of the apartment by Vicky Mollinelli. Vicky captured the layers -- the rugs, large mirror -- so beautifully and since it's propped on one my desks, I see every detail every day. There's a cool video of the apartment over at Interieurs, I think :)