Watching In Bruges (2008) earlier this year, I was captivated by French actress Clèmence Poèsy who plays the role of Chloe – and with Colin Farrell in the film, it’s not an easy thing to notice anyone else when he is on screen!
Clèmence Poèsy is a 25 year-old French actress who until In Bruges, English speaking audiences would only have known her for her role in Harry Potter and Goblet of Fire as the student-witch Fleur Delacour.
Clèmence was born in a suburb of Paris and considering her natural beauty, she did not stand out at school and has described herself as maladjusted, even “a bit strange”. I would love to ask her directly why she thinks this is so! Clèmence will reprise her role as Fleur Delacour in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, in the meantime she can be seen in Heartless and Lullaby for Pi.
Clèmence’s work as a model has seen her as one of three faces for the fragrance Chloè and she has appeared on the covers of i-D magazine twice, JALOUSE in France, YEN in Australia and America’s NYLON.
I am drawn to Clèmence’s style because she does my favourite thing with clothes – high street labels mixed with high-end designers like Balenciaga, Chanel and Chloè.
Clemence is blessed with beautifully defined cheekbones and seemingly poreless skin. It looks as if she’s never been out in the sun ever without SPF 30 and a good sun hat. Très jalouse!
And in typical French style, she wears minimal make up and wears her hair loose (most of the time). And in typical fashion, Clèmence is being hailed as the new It Girl of Paris, appearing in Paris VOGUE and in the front rows of all the prime fashion shows during Paris Fashion Week.
Clèmence is often photographed in the street because her style is a playful mix of high fashion and high-street or vintage, wearing it all with whimsy and originality.
“She’s got that very French mix of prettiness and charm,” Harriet Quick, the fashion features director of VOGUE explains. “There is a sense of knowing about her. She’s not buttoned-up, seems easy in her skin, dresses with wit and has real style. Designers adore her.”
Clemence has ambitions to marry her love of fashion and film: “I am interested in costume. Clothes in your daily life are important: your choices say something about you, even if what they’re saying is about non-choice. And what you wear in a film is crucial. A film is a great deal about what you see, and the silhouette of a character tells you a lot. I’d love to go into film costume.”