I love this woman.
A collector of palaces as well as animals. She wore snakes as necklaces and took cheetah's for naked walks at midnight. Employed gilt encrusted servants. WHY NOT??
A muse to futurists of the early 20th Century as well as a staple subject to the day's classicists she was infamous for her omnipresence and eccentricity. She directly inspired the "panther" design for Cartier and famously lost her pet boa constrictor during a stay at the Ritz. Good girl.
She kept the ashes of past lovers on her dining table during parties. Of course she did. Obviously, she amassed a debt of 25million dollars by 1930 so that kind of put the skids on her palace collection...OH WELL.
Luisa died in 1957 aged 76. Inscribed on her grave stone:
Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale her infinite variety.
(portrait by Man Ray)
An homage by Carine Roitfeld