Style Icon: Francoise Hardy

– By Sarah Bertness – 

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When Mick Jagger describes you as his ‘ideal woman’ while Bob Dylan is writing poetry for you and Salvador Dali demands you to be by his side at his latest gallery opening – wearing custom Paco Rabanne no less – it must be the je ne sais quoi.  Musician, model and muse, no one epitomized Sixties Parisian chic like Françoise Hardy.  Guitar in hand, Hardy wooed all of Europe with her girl next door charm juxtaposed with an utterly enigmatic French siren style.

An old soul, Hardy’s iconic presence captured a sophistication far beyond her years from the very start.  Signed to Parisian record label Vogue at the age of seventeen, the B-side of Hardy’s debut release, ‘Tous Les Garçons et Les Filles’ sold over two million copies around Eurpoe, spreading French pop yé-yé music style across the continent and making the shy brunette an instant style icon.  Despite her self-professed discomfort with fame, she never failed to smolder and shine in front of the camera and set the ‘street style’ standards long before women were dressing for Bill Cunningham and The Sartorialist.

Sought after by all of the fashion houses, Hardy formed long lasting friendships with Yves St Laurent and Paco Rabanne, and graced the pages of Elle, that other Vogue and Paris Match.  Whether in simplistic Breton stripes, Mary Quant miniskirts or mod-meets-motorcycle attire, her effortless, bohemian look paired perfectly with her signature long locks, eye grazing bangs (hello, best-in-class bed head), pouty lips, and a oft-seen simple kohl-winged eye. Worn with grace and an underlying ferocity, her look sat in the balance between sweet, strong, and sultry.

Still making music in Paris, having just released her newest album, “L’amour fou,” Françoise Hardy continues to inspire women with her timeless allure and ever-enduring independent spirit.

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Sarah Bertness is a freelance writer covering the arts, music, fashion and culture. She has a love for all things avant-garde, late night rock and roll, wanderlust, and a good dose of fringe and gold sequins. You can follow her musings on Twitter @sarahbertness

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Sarah Bertness is a Brooklyn-based freelance writer covering the arts, music, fashion and culture. She has a love for all things avant-garde, late night rock and roll, wanderlust, and a good dose of fringe and gold sequins. You can follow her musings on Twitter and Instagram @sarahbertness.