CINEPHILE: French Flair
Posted: Jul 09 2014
It’s no secret that French women radiate that certain je ne sais quoi, especially when it comes to personal style. Maybe it’s something in the rosé, but with Bastille Day right around the corner (July 14th), we’ve put together a list of our four favorite French fashionistas and lessons to be learned from their wardrobes.
Coco Chanel: The LBD
Over 125 after the iconic designer started her signature label, Chanel remains at the top of the fashion game. Sure, the classic quilted bag, menswear looks and black and white color schemes are still fabulous. But our favorite piece that remains a staple item in the Mynt collection is the little black dress, which Chanel herself is credited to having invented.
Brigitte Bardot: Timeless beauty
Throughout the 1960’s and 70’s, Bardot was the ultimate French bombshell. While her clothing choices were always on point, it was her flawless hair and makeup that truly defined her look. Her signature cat eye makeup remains a favorite to date and her “undone” updos are always appropriate.
Catherine Deneuve: Perfectly-tailored pieces
How could we not mention Ms Deneuve when talking about French fashion? She was, after all, Yves Saint Laurent’s muse after he designed her costumes in the classic Belle de Jour. In the film, he steered clear of dressing her character in then popular, super-short miniskirts and opted for more demure clothing that was perfectly tailored to her body. Steal the style with tailored pants, suiting and statement-making outerwear.
Marion Cotillard: All or nothing
As France’s unofficial modern muse, Cotillard always gets it right whether she’s dressing for a red carpet or seen on the streets. She takes risks and knows when to go minimalist or more decadent. Our favorite look from this Frenchie? Bold prints or textured fabrics paired with minimal jewelry and accessories.