Forever Chic : Francoise Hardy


 

She was a muse in the Swinging Sixties. She still inspires fashion designers today as Judith Milgrom (Maje) who is paying homage to her with a capsule  collection

In the sixties, Mick Jagger declared Françoise Hardy his ‘ideal woman’, while Bob Dylan dedicated a poem to her. By the mid-60s, Françoise had become more than just a successful singer. She was also a style icon having been selected by the fashion houses Yves St Laurent and Paco Rabanne to wear her dresses and gracing the covers of magazines such as Elle and Paris Match.

Whith her famous androgyn silhouette she perfectly weared silver ski suits, minis and colored dresses. She perfectly bridged two worlds with her boho sex appeal (long dark and straight hair, low fringe, eyebrow-dusting bangs, acoustic guitar) and pared-down mod aesthetic (chiseled cheekbones, an intense gaze, a Courrèges wardrobe). Her elegant, world-weary ballads like Comment te dire adieu (writed by Serge Gainsbourg), Mon amie la rose  or later Message personnel were obligatory listening for the cool cats and the hipsters alike. An icon in the mid Sixties the cool girl with the acoustic guitar and beautiful voice captivated many.

She was a muse for Bob Dylan who pursued her as did Nick Drake, David Bowie and Mick Jagger.« I had no interest in Dylan as a man, only as an artist… she recently declared. Jagger was different.  He is someone I could really have fallen for. Unfortunately he was with Chrissie Shrimpton at the time ». After  Brigitte Bardot T-shirts in January, the French fashion trademark Maje is paying homage to Françoise Hardy with a capsule  collection. The collection based on imagery of the Le temps de l’amour singer represents a second look back to the Swinging Sixties for designer Judith Milgrom.

 

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