I always admired Loulou. She could put herself into clothes like magic.
– Elsa Peretti, Italian jewelry designer speaking of Loulou De La Falaise (1948-2011) British jewelry designer, model and muse to Yves Saint Laurent.
I just finished reading Loulou De La Falaise (Rizzoli, 2014) a biography of the celebrated fashion icon. I recommend this book for all its fabulous photos, which can provide endless fashion inspiration.
On another note, turns out Elsa Peretti is the woman behind Tiffany’s open heart. Remember that? (Actually, I think it was called a floating heart.) Ms. Peretti’s sleek take on the heart came into being after her buddy, fashion designer Halston introduced her to the executives at Tiffany’s in 1974. Her heart is now a classic and still a big seller for Tiffany’s, who continues to work with Ms. Peretti.
In 1975, Halston hired Ms. Peretti himself to design his new cosmetic containers and I have one! It dates back to my high school days when I spent my hard-earned babysitting money on makeup, clothes, and records. Yes, I’ve kept my Halston #3 Redwood lipstick all these years, just because.