Lucky Love first gained recognition as a dancer, cabaret artist, and actor before venturing into music. Influenced by Anglo-Saxon pop, he released a first EP that combined electro and French chanson, with Zahia, Béatrice Dalle, and Juliette Armanet as his good fairies. Today, he is one of the figures of Fashion Weeks. He has become one of the most intriguing figures of Fashion Week, thanks to his unique look and his music. His music was featured at the Gucci menswear fall-winter 2024-2025 fashion show in Milan and at the Maison Margiela by John Galliano spring-summer 2024 fashion show in Paris.
At 28, the French artist Luc Bruyère, also known as Lucky Love, is embarking on audacious adventures, much like a dancer gracefully executing spectacular steps on a grand stage. Dance is one of his specialties, which he has practiced with Marie-Agnès Gillot. Born with only one arm, he has never seen this “otherness” as a handicap, but rather as a difference transformed into a strength, despite the looks and rejections he faced at the beginning of his career in the fashion and cinema industry. Since discovering through dance that his body could be a vehicle for greater inclusive ideals, he has worked to redefine the standards of beauty by exploring various art forms. Whether posing nude or dressed in designer clothing that blurs the lines between femininity and masculinity, Lucky Love seems to want to show others who are “on the margins” that they can be as sublime as he is. This approach recalls the statement made by philosopher Paul B. Preciado on France Culture: “The body is the most political and public thing there is.”
Charismatic, the artist, whose body evokes a Hellenistic sculpture and a face reminiscent of Robert Mapplethorpe, first worked as a model, posing for Nike. He also appeared in a dozen music videos (for Kiddy Smile and Regina Demina), as well as in feature and short films and series. After a brief appearance in Abdellatif Kechiche’s La Vie d’Adèle, Kechiche recommended that he take acting classes, which ultimately led Lucky Love to the Cours Florent.
An idea that proved pertinent, as the young man’s talent would later explode on stage in the play Elephant Man alongside JoeyStarr and his godmother, Béatrice Dalle. It was Dalle who, upon seeing him pole dancing in a nightclub, made him realize his beauty. She told him that his gap-toothed smile resembled hers and that he could have been her secret child, born in an orgy involving Kurt Cobain, Mick Jagger, and Amy Winehouse.
This extraordinary beauty also caught the attention of the director of the Parisian cabaret Madame Arthur in Pigalle. One evening, the director approached him and asked if he could sing, to which he replied, “in the shower.” Lucky Love eventually joined the troupe of cabaret singers, performing for years under the name “la Vénus de mille hommes,” singing classic French songs in French on the piano and accordion. It was there that Lucky Love realized the power of his androgynous voice, which walks in the footsteps of Antony and the Johnsons. A new step? Under the name Lucky Love, the model has released his first EP, Tenderness, featuring songs in English and French. His lightly synthetic pop, infused with French chanson, follows in the footsteps of James Blake and Woodkid.
In the video for “Paradise,” Lucky Love takes us on a journey through his poetic world, whether through a dance choreographed by Léo Walk or a gay love story in a supermarket. In the “Paradise” video, a nocturnal religious tableau, imagined by the singer himself, reminiscent of Caravaggio’s paintings and the gritty imagery of Gaspar Noé and Pasolini, unfolds. Introduced by the deep, sensuous voice of the enigmatic Béatrice Dalle, the video features Lucky Love as a fallen creature adorned in a red cape, embraced and protected by Zahia, who embodies a very sexual Virgin Mary. The video also features a frenzied ballet of male bodies performing a demonic choreography. Another good fairy of Lucky Love? Juliette Armanet sings on one of the tracks of his EP.
In a recent interview with Numéro, Lucky Love expressed the origin of his stage name, stating simply that “Lucky” was his childhood nickname and that “love” is the reason for his existence. Asked about his journey from acting, dance, and modeling to music, Lucky Love shared that his introduction to music occurred while working at the Parisian cabaret Madame Arthur, where he performed nightly from Thursday to Sunday for several years. He eventually felt the desire to shed his persona of “la Vénus de mille hommes” and find his own audience.
Describing his music as a blend of celebration and sadness after the festivities, he explains that it represents a meeting point of his various influences and different musical genres. He cites artists such as Max Richter, Michael Jackson, Kanye West, and the late SOPHIE as sources of inspiration. Regarding his androgynous voice, Lucky Love admits that he did not receive formal vocal training but believes that his voice naturally veers towards an androgynous quality due to its connection with the deepest part of his being.
Diving into the aesthetics of his “Paradise” video, Lucky Love explains the blend of violence, chaos, and grace, drawing from a personal mythology he has crafted. He reveals that the concept of “heaven in hell” represents the marriage of violence and chaos with the purity of divinity. This idea is inspired by the myth of Pandora and the discovery of humanity’s truth. In the end, Lucky Love seeks to unveil this juxtaposition between heaven and hell as a reflection of the Earth, a place where we exist in between the two extremes. He believes that life is a constant oscillation between light and shadow, and one cannot exist without the other..