21 Iconic French Women Who Inspire The Way We Dress
From the old guard (Coco Chanel, Catherine Deneuve) to the new (Marion Cotillard, Melanie Laurent), these women definitely have that je ne sais quoi, including style and confidence in spades. Click through our slideshow to read about our favorite Gallic girls, and tell us if you agree!
Gainsbourg was born with a sartorial pedigree (she’s Lou Doillon’s half-sister and the daughter of Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg). But the actress/singer’s laid-back style--natural and effortless--belongs completely to her. She held her own as Nicolas Ghesquiere’s muse for Balenciaga, and as the face of the label’s first fragrance.
It’s not just the supermodel’s bee-stung lips that make us think she’s a modern-day Brigitte Bardot. She exudes the same brand of sultry allure, whether she’s wearing romantic lace confections or sharply tailored pieces. No wonder she’s the model for Marianne, a figure that serves as France’s national emblem.
This ingenue who first captured our attention in Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol appreciates the classics, but isn’t afraid to experiment with bold prints and textures either--a true Parisienne!
Dore is one of the most influential street style photographers today (she even dates a fellow photog, The Sartorialist’s Scott Schuman), who posts inspiring photos and illustrations on her self-titled blog. On or off-duty, you’ll spot her in charming, boyish pieces, like crisp button-downs, chinos, and oxford shoes.