Every season, Paris Fashion Week (PFW) comes around and thus, we feel it is only fitting to celebrate what French women are renowned for; their effortless style. It has long been said that Parisiennes have been doing chic better since the 1960’s, with the likes of Birkin and Bardot leading the way in the style icon stakes. What makes these ladies and other famed French muses so special? We’re here to give you the low-down…
Trends come and go but we never tire of Jane Birkin’s effortless style. British by birth, the free-spirited actress’ fondness for care-free classics and laissez-faire spirit earned her immediate global recognition in the 60’s, while her gap-teeth and quirky French-meets-British dress sense charmed Serge Gainsbourg. Her name lives on, with one of the largest French luxury leather goods ‘it’ bag being named after her.
The world-famous French bombshell’s style was unashamedly avant-garde for her time with her look being inspirational for women worldwide since the 60’s. She made messy, high up-do’s the hair style of choice and heavy kohl cat eye-liner her signature look – a twist on classic elegance which lives on to this day.
Another chic French lady, Catherine Deneuve came to fame in the 1960’s, marrying English fashion photographer David Bailey and becoming the muse to YSL. It was her role in the 1967 drama, Belle de Jour, that secured her status as an official icon, if only for her incredible style. Catherine remains an inspirational, hardworking woman, representing brands such as Louis Vuitton and strutting the red carpet like the seasoned pro that she is.
The eternally cool French pop star and actress who epitomised the in tune youth movement that swept across fashion and culture worlds of the 1960s. It was Hardy’s casual style that inspired a nation of growing free spirits. Today, this pared-back tomboy statement look has continued resonance, with street style tributes still being paid to Hardy in everyday life.
Image credits and full article reads on our favourite French Style icons below:
Jane Birkin: http://www.harpersbazaar.com/beauty/hair/advice/g3245/iconic-hair-styles/
Brigitte Bardot: http://www.gofeminin.de/stars/brigitte-bardot/album822918/brigitte-bardot-fan-album-19808430.html
Catherine Deneuve: http://www.harpersbazaar.com/culture/features/g4381/catherine-deneuve-style-photos/?slide=1
Françoise Hardy: http://www.instyle.com/fashion/street-style/original-street-style-star-francoise-hardy