Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Loulou de la Falaise

Loulou de la Falaise (Louise Vava Lucia Henriette de la Falaise) has long been one of my favorite ladies of fashion. Aside from having one of the most elegant names, she was friend, muse and collaborator to the late Yves Saint Laurent. It's said that she grew up in the world of high fashion, as her mother, Maxime was a noted "fashion swan" as well as model for Schiaparelli. The effortlessly, chic and stylish Loulou runs her Paris boutique, Maison de Loulou, while creating fabulous jewelry and other items for HSN. She too is a source of inspiration, as a designer and woman of incredible style. I would love to visit her boutique in Paris.....I'm sure that it's akin to a treasure chest filled with splendid pieces. Featured are some of latest creations from HSN, as well as two pieces taken from WWD.

“I was thinking of romantic summer parties,” said Loulou de la Falaise of her exquisite costume jewelry collection for L’Eclaireur, Rêverie d’un Soir d’Eté (A Midsummer Night’s Reverie), made from colored glass and gilded copper. The designer, working with the French atelier l’Air du Verre, came up with pieces that dance with intoxicating colors, from a double necklace with vivid “Gaudi-esque” mosaic squares to a cross necklace inspired by the Greek island of Santorini with translucent honey and amber beads. Another necklace works Murano glass beads with flower motifs and leaves partly colored in with glass, while figurative doves in pearly lilac and white finishes form charming pendants. The pieces are on view at L’Eclaireur’s Rue Boissy d’Anglas flagship.

(Bottom two necklaces and article: WWD; "nugget" pieces: HSN)

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