While we don't make a habit of covering much nightlife on The Fashion Law, Loulou's has been on my radar for awhile now. Opened in July, 2012, Loulou’s, a private club, has quickly become the place to go for the likes of Prince William, Kate Moss, the Rolling Stones, Daphne Guinness and Downton Abbey star Michelle Dockery. Housed in an 18th-century townhouse in Mayfair, home of the 5 Hertford Street membership club, Loulou's is the brainchild of Rifat Ozbek, a Turkish fashion designer known for his exotic-inspired wares. This was his first foray into interior design. True story. He was tapped by owner Robin Birley, who's father, Mark, was the legendary founder of the famous nightclub Annabel’s.
While the space itself is gorgeous, complete with two pristine drawing rooms, a lower level of velvet banquettes, jewel-encrusted Buddha heads, and a dining room done up in animal print, here is the interesting part: the "it" club is named after Loulou de la Falaise, the muse of Yves Saint Laurent. Turns out, 55-year-old Birley has a connection with the late designer, who reportedly inspired YSL's iconic Le Smoking jacket. She was his aunt. Dubbed "the quintessential Rive Gauche haute bohémienne" by the New Yorker, La Falaise modeled for Vogue in the 1960's before designing print for Halston and moving to Paris to work with YSL in 1972. If you want a taste of this late high fashion muse, make your way to Loulou's the next time you're in London, if you haven't already done so.