Loulou & Yves: The Untold Story of Loulou de La Falaise and the House of Saint Laurent

Petkanas, Christopher. St. Martin's. Apr. 2018. 512p. illus. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781250051691. $45; ebk. ISBN 9781250161420. BIOG
Starting in 1972, the elegant and chic Loulou de La Falaise worked for many years as the assistant to Yves Saint Laurent at his design house in Paris. This book follows not only aspects of their working and social relationship but also covers Loulou's history (an extensive family tree is included) as well as her personal and professional relationships. Interviews with people who knew her, and with Loulou herself, are interspersed with commentary from writer and journalist Petkanas, who covered the house from 1982 to 1988. The narrative is most interesting in its discussion of Loulou's working methods when coordinating accessories for Saint Laurent and as a bohemian influence on the designer. She later created most of the costume jewelry for the fashion house. Much of the volume is insightful and relevant to Loulou's life, but there are also gossipy tales. The multiple engaging and entertaining narrators reflect the heady 1970s-80s fashion world as well as the history of the house.
VERDICT This handsome book will appeal to readers interested in Loulou de La Falaise and Yves Saint Laurent and their professional and social milieu.

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