De la Falaise was a divorced English socialite with aristo-bohemian sensibilities when she met Saint Laurent at a party in Paris in the late 1960s. The designer was immediately taken with de la Falaises spontaneity and willowy figure, which proved an ideal canvas for his often androgynous garments.
Through jaunts to Marrakech, decadent revelries and intensive design sessions, de la Falaise became one of Saint Laurents closest confidantes. She inspired some of the designers most memorable pieces, including his Le Smoking suit and sheer silk blouse, and designed costume jewellery for the house from the 70s. Photographs of de la Falaise from the 70s depict her wearing ruffle-lapelled blazers and silk flowers in her hair, a style that inspired Marc Jacobs S/S 11 show.
De la Falaises wedding to writer Thadée Klossowski de Rola in 1977 was one of the most glittering social events of the decade. She wore a white and gold outfit and feathered, jewelled turban by Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche for the ceremony. For the evening party in the Bois de Boulogne, the bride wore a navy blue and gold dress with a jewelled crescent-moon headdress of her own design.
Were self-invented creatures, de la Falaise told Andre Leon Talley for US Vogue in 1992. You start by creating yourself. You have to be quite brave about it. Youve got no choice, unless you bind yourself to rules you dont like.
She is survived by Klossowski and their daughter Anna.More