Loulou de la Falaise died on Saturday at her home in France at the age of 64. Loulou was most famous for her role as muse to Yves Saint Laurent throughout his long career, but she was also widely regarded as a long time collaborator on the designer’s eponymous label, and spent over thirty years designing for jewellery and accessories for the brand.

Fashion folklore credits de la Falaise for inspiring one of Yves Saint Laurent’s most iconic designs the ‘le Smoking’ suit which pioneered the merging of beautiful and masculine into one look for women.

After Saint Laurent retired in 2002 de la Falaise launched her own fashion business with a clothing and jewellery line, and into her 60’s Loulou remained strikingly beautiful and always poised – true fashion royalty.

Via New York Times