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PFW LAUNCHES: TOP 5 FRENCH STYLE ICONS

02.03.16

Today marks the launch of Paris Fashion Week and the last in the line-up of cities for the month. We celebrate by taking a look at the women who have successfully established themselves as icons of French style through the decades. These are our Top 5 inspirational style setters.

FRANÇOISE HARDY

‘Hardy is the very essence of French style.' - Nicolas Ghesquière

Rising to fame as a singer in the 1960’s, it was Françoise Hardy’s fashion choices that secured her identity at the time. Easily relatable even now thanks to the cyclical nature of fashion, her look was a combination of wide-bottomed flares, mini skirts and statement hats.

CLÉMENCE POÉSY

I can leave the house without makeup, but I can’t leave without fragrance.’ – Clémence Poésy for Vogue.com

This French actress and model captures the modern day vision of Parisian chic. Simplistic fashion choices, minimal makeup and an effortless elegance epitomise her look. Loved for her sense of style and poise, she often graces the front row at fashion week and has been cast as the face of French fashion house, Chloe’s, fragrance on more than one occasion.

CAROLINE DE MAIGRET

All you need is one signature item: the one you wear when you need to feel strong.’ How To Be Parisian

Co-author of How To Be Parisian and all-round inspiration when it comes to effortless modern-day style, Caroline de Maigret’s iconic status on the fashion landscape is what earns her spot in our Top 5. We love her for her tomboyish style and artfully unkempt hair.

ISABEL MARANT

..for me it's about feeling good in your clothes.’ Isabel Marant for Harpers Bazaar

Loved for her bohemian aesthetic – a trait that translates directly into the designs of her namesake label - Isabel Marant personifies the free spirit that we associate with a Parisian sense of style. Inspirational in business mind as well as dresscode, Marant is an admirable present-day influencer.

COCO CHANEL

Keep your heels, head and standards high.’ - Coco Chanel

The original fashion icon and founder of one of the world’s most prestigious brands even today, Coco Chanel set the tone for Parisian chic. The black and white photography of the 1920’s suited her monochromatic taste and her signature pearls remain a sign of elegance even today.