Jane Birkin: The Modern Reiss Muse


Few people have captured the sartorial zeitgeist of an era quite like Jane Birkin, yet the unwavering power of her personal style is still as relevant today as it was throughout the 70s. We reveal why she’s an undeniably modern muse for the season ahead 


Despite being touted as an eternal icon of French film, fashion and pop culture, Jane Birkin is in fact, a Brit. Born in Marylebone, London, the actress and singer had a flourishing career in the capital when fate intervened and she decided to audition for a role in a French film - despite not being able to speak a word of the language.

In the end, her undeniable talent and charisma trumped her lack of language skills and she was quickly cast as the female lead in Slogan, opposite the inimitable Serge Gainsbourg. The pair fell for each other within weeks and would go on to become one of the most celebrated couples of the Seventies. Infamous for their personal fashion and hedonistic lifestyles.  

"My look is a cocktail. I'm not as nicely turned out like the French but I don't care like the English."

Throughout this period, Birkin’s sartorial choices became as talked-about as the couple’s glamorous antics. Seemingly nonplussed by the manicured appearance most female film stars of the time were held to, the actress carved out her own path with a few key aesthetic autographs that still translate effortlessly into the sartorial mood of today.

Part of the magic that makes Birkin’s style so eternally accessible is the effortless, unexpected way she approaches classic dress codes, an attitude that is actively mirrored throughout the Reiss AW18 collection. Pairing sequins with her then-trademark straw basket bag or dressing down delicate French lace with distressed denim, her cool, coquettish take on dressing is a strong source of inspiration for our in-house atelier.

The result? Relaxed suiting silhouettes, heavy crochet lace and a hybrid of mod-meets-boho styles that reflect the easy spirit and je ne sais quoi influence of a thoroughly modern muse.