#ModelCrushMonday: Lucie De La Falaise

I’ve been knee-deep in research on Yves Saint-Laurent for an article I’m writing. Reading his biography written by Alice Rawsthorne, I’ve been struck by how loyal and reverent he was towards his models. He’d keep the same posse close for years, and genuinely idolised them as the people they were as well as the beautiful creatures they were.

We’re now in an age where models come and go within a season: hot for one or two catwalks and then discarded as though they were expendable commodities rather than people with hopes and dreams.

Well – let’s get back to the Yves Saint-Laurent legend. Part of his innermost sanctum, who inspired and worked for him, was Loulou De La Falaise, a whippet-thin, aristocratic beauty who helped Yves with his designs as well as the latest society gossip.

Her niece, Lucie, was scouted by André Leon Talley (you’ve seen him on America’s Next Top Model). She was instantly brought into the YSL set and starred as the bride in his couture shows for many years.

The aristocratic fashion royalty continues – she married Marlon Richards, son of Keth Richards of the Rolling Stones. And, of course, her eldest daughter Ella Rose De La Falaise is now a model in her own right, starring in a Burberry campaign.

Ella Rose in the Burberry 2015 campaign, shot by Testino

So why is Lucie my #ModelCrushMonday? She’s cool. She’s French and louche and effortless in the sort of way I will never be, so I can just admire her from afar. In her 40s, Lucie is still absolutely stunning and in her modelling heyday she could do glamorous bride as well as short-haired grunge (well as grunge as a French lady can be…)

Rebecca x

(All pics from Google Image)

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