Known for her nonchalant cool and a truly individualistic way of putting herself together, Lou Doillon is an international fashion icon of the highest order. Perhaps it's genetics; after all, she is the daughter of French director Jacques Doillon and Jane Birkin (and half-sister of Charlotte Gainsbourg), so clearly she comes from stylish stock.
Still, bloodlines alone can't account for Doillon's status in the fashion industry. A model in her teen years, Doillon has already been the face of Chanel, Givenchy, and Miu Miu and is widely considered a major muse. Now she's trying her hand at the design process and has created a line for the British denim brand, Lee Cooper. The collection bears Doillon's style signatures, like ultra high-waisted shorts and jeans, and debuts in Harrods next month.
We look forward to seeing what path Doillon takes in the design world and have our fingers crossed that we'll get to see lots of great outfits from her during the upcoming Paris Fashion Week. Until then, we'll content ourselves with today's What Would She Wear story, featuring our favorite pieces for Doillon. Read on for the details of our imagined outfit!
Cutler & Gross for Mulberry Betsey Sunglasses in Peach ($500)
The handbag geniuses at Mulberry recently added another must-have accessory to their repertoire. They've collaborated with renowned Brit eyewear company Cutler & Gross and are offering an amazing line of shades for your purchasing pleasure. There are so many insanely gorgeous shapes to choose from, but we thought the hint of cat eye in the Betsey frames would appeal to Doillon.
Miu Miu Brocade Dress ($1790)
When not wearing motorcycle boots and boyish trousers, Doillon can be found in body-conscious (but rarely bare) dresses. We could see her going for Miu Miu's slightly retro, almost prim, mini dress for its offbeat patterns and because it would show off her long legs.
Azzedine Alaia Gladiator Stiletto Sandals ($1229)
These Alaia gladiators are insanely expensive and crazy hot, so they're just the sort of serious sandals we'd see on Doillon. While nothing's quite a perfect substitute (how could anyone replace Alaia anyway?), the Harper Wedge Gladiator Sandal by Twelfth St. by Cynthia Vincent ($405) or the Cancun Buckle Gladiator Sandals from Dolce Vita ($138) have a similar look.
7 For All Mankind Sophie Jeans in Durban ($158)
Doillon's designs for Lee Cooper involve lots of high-rise pants and shorts, so in that spirit we picked these high-waisted skinny jeans in a wonderful medium gray rinse. They've got a bit of stretch for comfort and the rise is only moderately high, so they'll flatter most figures. Take a cue from Doillon and wear them under feminine dresses.
MAC Mattene Lipstick in You Say Tomato ($14.50)
When it comes to her maquillage, Doillon exercises extreme restraint, preferring to go au natural than with a face full of makeup. She does, however, make an occasional exception for red lipstick. This tomato red matte lipstick from MAC comes in a super slim tube and has a creamy texture.
Hayden-Harnett Marlowe Mirror Bag ($375)
One of the noteworthy aspects of Doillon's style is her affinity for slightly unusual pieces and obscure finds. The simple, chic, and anything but obvious lines of this Hayden-Harnett bag fit the entire criterion for a Doillon-inspired accessory.
Topshop Military Style Jacket ($120)
Doillon embraces the tomboy side of her style by incorporating menswear-inspired pieces in her wardrobe. The stern lines and Balenciaga style of this Topshop jacket are an excellent counterpoint to girly items like the Miu Miu dress.
Photo of Lou, Wireimage.