I can still clearly hear her voice, her laugh. She could hardly say more than three words without laughing, and it was so beautiful a big and sudden "Ha!" Her class and elegance were common knowledge, but I was always struck by her fun side. Her mind was so fresh and young, as if she didn't see things as adults do. From her, I learned that Yves Saint Laurent could in fact be the funniest and most mischievous person maybe from being around her. Loulou's own fun was really contagious.
She taught me how to de-dramatize, that elegance can chill out a bit. Only she could pair such a level of refinement and sophistication with nonchalance and ease. She had a gift for striking combinations of colors. I sometimes hear myself saying, "This is a palette that Loulou would really like." And whenever I would look at her hands in action, I would imagine them cutting flowers in her garden to make simple bouquets, full of life.
Theyskens is artistic director of Theory
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