“It’s important to remain faithful,” said Yves Saint Laurent as he made a brief house call on Tuesday evening to inspect the latest designs by his onetime muse and accessories designer Loulou de la Falaise. “You know, we’ll always be family.” Indeed, the YSL clique remained tight, with a raft of the extended clan, including Betty Catroux, stopping by to support de la Falaise’s flirty and chic third collection.
“I was inspired by the exoticism of Pierre Loti,” explained de la Falaise. “That, and photographs of African villagers by Seydou Keita.” Her influences translated into a shiny smoking suit or long, slim jackets and shirts with so-called Rastafarian collars. “I sort of had in mind these very stylish African gentlemen,” said de la Falaise. “Everything’s very snappy.” On the feminine side, filmy crepe de chine paisley-print shirtdresses were juxtaposed with floaty shifts, and high-waisted jeans were shown with a smocked gold top. De la Falaise also whipped up fetching multicolor knits and T-shirts with lace sleeves. Of course, the accessories were divine, with playful butterfly earrings and cricket and scarab brooches among the standouts.