I came to Francoise Hardy a bit roundabout. It was during one of my many screenings of “Moonrise Kingdom”, when I became particularly smitten with a certain song in the movie. And after a few clicks I discovered Francoise, who is not only a talented singer and songwriter (who continues to create, having released her 24th studio album at the age of 74), but the epitome of 60’s and 70’s French girl style.
And much, much more:
Mick Jagger called her his “ideal woman”.
Bob Dylan dedicated a poem to her.
Rei Kawakubo used one of her lyrics to create the name of her label, Comme des Garcons.
All of the Beatles vied to make her their girlfriend (she wasn’t interested).
None other than Nicolas Ghesquiere deemed her “the very essence of French style.”
In the early ‘60s, Hardy was at the forefront of the yé-yé music movement of the 60’s, and quickly became just as famous for her stunning looks and impeccable sense of style. “Poor boy” sweaters, boot cut jeans, pared down hair and make-up – all worn with that elusive je ne sai quoi that all French women seem to effortlessly project.
I have to imagine that part of her allure is how unfailingly humble she is. From a 2006 interview: “The word ‘icon’ – that’s sometimes used about me. I don’t recognize it. It’s as if you’re talking about someone else.”
I’d wear every single one of these outfits today, how about you?
Take a look at my Pinterest board for all of my style icons!