French fashion became a sensation thanks to a few key icons which came to define the style itself. These are the French style icons that won’t be out of memory any time soon. From avant-garde style to elegant taste, these style icons are a diverse and constant source of inspiration for me and many other women.
The most iconic French style icon is undoubtedly Brigitte Bardot. The blonde-haired beauty was seen by many as the French Marilyn Monroe, famous for being a symbol of feminine sexuality in the mid-century period. Bardot, also called B.B., is an actress and singer turned animal rights activist.
Anna Karina was a Danish actress and the muse of French New Wave film director, Jean-Luc Godard and starred in many of his best films like my personal favorite, Pierrot le Fou (1965). Her prolific film career developed into directing in the early 1970s. From her sailor cardigans to bright red dresses, there are countless iconic Anna Karina looks to get inspiration from.
Perhaps lesser known in the United States, Catherine Deneuve is an iconic blonde beauty who had a successful filmography career as an actress during the 1960s. From the candy-colored dresses she wore in the 1964 romantic musical, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, to her modest housewife outfits in Belle de Jour (1967), Deneuve has earned her place as one of the most influential French style icons of all time.
Françoise Hardy is a French singer who has timeless style, even well into her 70s! With long brown hair and a thick fringe, her hair style was just as influential as her wardrobe. One of her most iconic looks is a trench coat with white square sunglasses.
Former Vogue Editor-in-Chief Diana Vreeland was associated with the American fashion elite, but few know that she was actually born in Paris, France. Known for extravagance and lifelong friendship with Gabrielle Chanel, Vreeland is one key French-American style icon to know!