That's LouLou, the 'muse' of YSL. LouLou was a friend of mine from when I worked for Yves St. Laurent; I worked on the brand 'YSL Beaute' and Lucie de la Falaise was the face of the brand. She passed away last week at only 62 years old after a long illness. She was famous for Yves St. Laurent's womans tuxedo, a look that was her signature. Always impeccably dressed, she wore incredibly tailored pants, often in bright colors. She loved to wear the big, beautiful YSL jewelry that was so popular at the time, jewelry that I could occasionally buy for myself when I was in Paris.
Working for YSL often meant commuting to Paris on the Concorde, getting to europe in 3 hours and just in time for a business meeting was an experience of a lifetime. I learned so many important lessons about style, design and business from the wonderful people at this famous design house, helping me make the leap to my own jewelry collections when the job ended. Imagine the thrill of launching your own jewelry line after a Henri Bendel trunk show and using skills and techniques you learned in Paris! Today the big 'signature' designs are better than ever, and thanks to lightweight resins, don't weigh you down when you wear them.