Lou Doillon is a mistress of many trades. She is a French actress, singer, mother and style icon. While being seen as a trendsetter is something Doillon finds strange, her nonchalant Parisian chic look is admired and emulated. Her unique fashion sense and her unusual brand of beauty has landed her modelling gigs with Givenchy, H & M, Barneys New York, as well as doing runway for Tom Ford and Dior.
French celebrities do not do things by halves, and Lou Doillon is no exception. She is mother to her son Marlowe, has released an English language album Places, which is a mixture of blues and folk and was released because of her mother’s encouragement. Furthermore she has starred in numerous French films, but has maintained that her film career is “under the radar.” Could you expect less when your mother is Jane Birkin, the 60s It Girl, muse to Serge Gainsbourg and inspiration behind Hermes’ Birkin bag (which fetches a whopping $60,000)?
Lou Doillon is Birkin’s youngest daughter and sister to actress Charlotte Gainsbourg. Doillon is more bohemian and eclectic in style; with her tall and boyish figure and unruly curls, Lou Doillon is often seen in a killer pair of boots, jeans, suspenders and ’60s-inspired hats. Her look appears effortless, but is edgy and a mix of vintage clothing from designers such as Gaultier and Chanel.
“My style has changed since I was younger. I was kind of ashamed of my bourgeois family as a teenager, I guess – I had dreadlocks, shopped in thrift stores and pretended I had no money. At that time, I would have spat on a girl who was buying Yves Saint Laurent. I always laugh today, thinking if I ran into my younger self, she would slap me. Wearing designer clothes was like selling my soul to the devil,” Doillon has said in the past.
She confesses to looking like Napoleon in her Chanel coat and using fashion as a way of donning different personalities and moods. Doillon’s outfits are often Patti Smith-esque or reminiscent of her mother’s early style, albeit with a classic Parisian touch of crisp men’s shirts or loafers. “French girls know themselves; they don’t follow trends,” Doillon has said.
Emulating Lou Doillon’s look is no easy task. It requires a level of audacity to try something new like suspenders, a hat or fur coat. Doillon’s look can be formed after much raiding at thrift stores, your grandma’s closet and by adding little signature touches. Très chic!
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