One of the world’s most enduring style icons, Catherine Deneuve has championed the image of the polished French woman both on and off screen for over five decades. From her Yves Saint Laurent suits and Roger Vivier shoes to her perfectly colored hair one can’t imagine Ms. Deneuve ever has a lazy day, but then with all those fabulous outfits why would you? Continue reading to view additional photos.
If you haven’t learned by now that classic is never out of fashion just look to French model and designer Inès de la Fressange. An in demand face since the 1980s followed by her own successful line saw Fressange tapped to revive the Roger Viver brand with designer Bruno Frisioni. And twenty years after that feud with Karl Lagerfeld, who was back on the Chanel catwalk this spring?! Continue reading to view additional photos.
The iconic French actress and singer Charlotte Gainsbourg sets the rules for casual chic with her fail proof look of t-shirts and jackets, button-up shirts, jeans and R. Soles English cowboy boots. Additionally her long standing relationship with the house of Balenciaga means that her paired down look is sprinkled with some fabulous statement pieces and amazing red carpet looks. Continue reading for additional photos.
Palma Bucarelli (1910-1998) was a Roman art historian credited as the first woman to become an art museum director in Italy. After studying art history at the University of Rome Bucarelli joined the department of Antiquities and Fine Arts in the Ministry of Education. She maintained her position in the department as fascism overtook Italy and in the height of World War II was appointed director of the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna di Roma where she would work for the rest of her career.
In addition to staging famous exhibitions including the work of Piet Mondrian and Jackson Pollock in the late 50s, Bucarelli was also noted for her striking fashion sense and left her collection of clothing to the Museo delle Arti Decorative Boncompagni Ludovisi (Museum Decorative Arts) in Rome upon her death.
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After gaining mainstream popularity through her roles at Princess Victoria in The Story of Vicky and Elisabeth, Empress Consort of Austria, in Sissi, Romy Schneider became one of the most fashionable actresses of the mid-20th century, often appearing in classic outfits by Chanel in the early 1960s. Continue reading to view additional images.
Anticipation of next months exhibit featuring the wardrobe of Princess Grace of Monaco at the Victoria & Albert museum seems to have reignited an surging interest in the style icon (at least with Conde Nast!). Last months Tatler featured an editorial about how Kelly plotted her way from the Main Line of Pennsylvania to Hollywood and then to Royalty. Now the American edition of Vanity Fair features her on their cover.
Oooh la la its Carla!! Mr. and Mrs. Sarkozy were spotted out and about in New York City yesterday, Carla looking as fabulous as ever in a grey shift dress. I love the picture of her going in for the kiss kiss and check out the uniform on their driver!! Continue reading for additional photos.
“When you’re in your teens, 20s, and 30s, you adore clothes. That’s very important. When you become older, the clothes become less important and the houses become more important”.
- Chesbrough “Chessy” Rayner.
Rayner (1931-1998) was an American interior designer and fashion icon of the old guard of New York socialites. Along with her friend Mica Ertegun she founded the famed MAC II (Mica and Chessy) interiors firm.
French actress, model, fashion designer Lou Doillon, daughter of Jane Birkin and film director Jacques Doillon, at Club 55 in St. Tropez with model Karen Mulder. Lou was looking very shabby chic in cut off shorts and a ripped t-shirt while carrying her French market bag. Continue reading for additional photos.