Four minutes isn’t a lot of time. Unless, of course, you’re Loulou de la Falaise and Thadee Klossowski, whose June 1977 wedding clocked in at a mere 240 seconds flat. But the couple more than made up for the abbreviated nuptials with the reception, which lasted a cool nine hours. “Finally a good, lively, funny party in Paris…one of those once-in-an-eon affairs,” wrote WWD on July 5. “Loulou, who married Thadee in a four-minute ceremony a few weeks ago in Paris, decided her wedding celebration should be a bit longer. The party, which started at nine, went on until the next morning.”
The blowout took place at the then-little-known eatery Le Chalet des Iles, which sits on its own island in Paris’ Bois de Boulogne park. After checking in with security, the 500 guests in attendance (only 300 actual invitees, however) were ferried across the swan-filled lagoon in a 15-person boat decorated with flowers. Yves Saint Laurent himself took care of the party’s decor — from the black felt mannequin heads topped with giant doily headdresses down to the table centerpieces, crafted from candles, white sweet pea and red rose blossoms. “At one point,” WWD reported, “[Saint Laurent] took Bianca Jagger upstairs to a big mirrored hall near the powder room and one by one arranged ferns in her hair and her pink décolletage.” In addition to the truffled pâté de foie gras, cherried breast of duckling, almond-encrusted potato pancakes, terrine de poisson and “hundreds of little hors d’oeuvres” being served, partygoers apparently brought their own treats, too. “There was the distinct odor of cannabis in the air,” the paper noted.
A Stella McCartney sketch of a custom dress made from protein-based silk in partnership with biotech lab Bolt Threads. The dress will be displayed at The Museum of Modern Art's upcoming design exhibition, "Items: Is Fashion Modern?"