To us, getting the pick of Dior’s flawless cruise collection before heading to the storied French house’s spring 2015 show at the Louvre to sit front row next to Miroslava Duma (‘cause, duh), sounds kind of like a fantasy. But when you’re Lucie de la Falaise, well, it’s pretty much just standard issue. Let us explain: if you recognize the last name, it’s because Lucie’s aunt was Loulou—as in the Loulou de la Falaise, jewelry designer, muse and great friend of Yves Saint Laurent. And that’s just the beginning: turns out the de la Falaise's signature joie de vivre just runs in the family, because at 16, de la Falaise (this one, pictured at left and below so we don’t get confused—dynasties can do that to a person), was Yves’ choice for closing bride at his couture show. Oh, and then there’s the fact that she married the son of Keith Richards and Anita Pallenberg and lives in an idyllic Sussex farmhouse with her husband and their children—one of whom made her own runway debut this season. Oh yeah, and her BFF is Kate Moss. De la Falaise was even the maid of honor at her wedding to Jamie Hince. Just FYI.
Okay, so while we know it all sounds very ripped-from-the-pages-of-Vogue (only because it well, is), upon arriving at de la Falaise’s suite of the Four Seasons George V, we found the model and mom to be nothing short of, well, completely lovely. In that sense, we mean, the whole lady-like Dior connection kind of makes sense. While we hung out like giddy children and de la Falaise tried look after look—from a crisp white Le Smoking to a stunningly simple green silk gown—we chatted about the importance of family and her excitement over seeing her daughter Ella Rose walk the Paris Fashion Week runways.
And even though the whole getting ready for a Dior show thing might be just another day for the model, she was just as excited about the clothes as we were and we fawned together over the eyelet-embroidered pumps, the quilted A-line cocktail dress (if we could only have it, our wardrobe would seriously be complete. Like, no more impulse buys at Zara ever again. Promise.) and the woven Lady Dior handbag. De la Falaise settled for an appropriately minimalist yet striking pink overcoat, which she paired with cigarette pants and cat eyes (a look we’re pretty sure Raf Simons would heartily approve of) for the main event. And then without hesitation, invited us to come along to the show with her. We said she was a class act, right?