No doubt lovely regular blog visitors to I like, I wish, I heart will have noticed that I have been playing around with the blogger platform. First let me apologise to you now for confusing you every time you pop by lately. The truth is that I’m bored to tears with my blog at the moment and if it’s one thing I love to do, is play with layouts when I’m bored. I do it with the furniture in my home, and now I’m doing it with my blog. Oh dear, please help me!
So Thursday was Bastille Day and while I was too busy to blog yesterday, I thought that today I would write a little bit about a very stylish girl, someone who is likely a style inspiration for many, and someone I admire for just being out there and being herself. Oh, did I mention she is French? (Just trying to keep with the whole French theme that I started with here.)
Lou Doillon is a mother, actress, model, muse and designer. Her mother is Jane Birkin, her father is film director Jacques Doillon and one of her siblings is also Charlotte Gainsbourg,(in case you’ve been living under a rock).
Why do I like her style? Lou is so French it’s ridiculous. She never brushes her hair and is remarkably comfortable in her own skin. She smokes constantly – like she has made a deal with the devil that it won’t kill her (and no that is not part of why I like her – it was très difficult finding a photo I wanted to use of her without a ciggie in her hand or mouth) and she has that attitude de Bohème about her that I have always found very appealing.
“What attracts me is something broken, something a bit off. I never comb my hair or make anything pretty. When people look too beautiful, it’s too easy. I know I’m dressed wrong if the businessman turns his head. But I like to think that after an hour of sitting next to me on the train, he’d look. I’d have grown on him.” – Lou Doillon
I also like that Lou loves to wear hats. Hats can be such an affectation, but not with Lou, they seem so natural and give her a distinctive look, especially depending on her choice of hat.
“I come from a very mad, very classic family that all wore hats. I have a vintage pop-up top hat that I wear a lot. I’m like the Houdini of nightclubs, pulling an enormous hat out of a tiny bag. My favourite hat was stolen. It was a classic black moche hat, which means “ugly” in French. The people at Chanel told me I should go to Maison Michel, the house that makes all their hats, and have it replicated.” – Lou Doillon
“French girls know themselves; they don’t follow trends. Girls like me who have no boobs have always dressed like boys, wearing open tuxedos with nothing underneath. It’s wonderfully classy and elegant but, at the same time, there’s a lack of humour.” Lou Doillon
It’s Friday. Don’t you just love Fridays? Today was the most gorgeously sunny winter’s day here, just heaven! Checking out the haute couture shows – or rather, the foot traffic on the scene outside the shows has filled me with inspiration and longing for more colour! Enjoy your weekend everyone.
P.S. Message to Blogger: what have you done to my picture sizer? Hmm??
Sunglasses, shades or as we call them down here, sunnies, are probably the most essential accessory in a person’s wardrobe. When leaving the house, I grab my purse, keys and sunnies. Without them life is viewed through squinted eyes and frankly it’s just a pain in the arse to drive here without them.
Whether you spend $20 or $500 on yours, it’s all about how they frame your face, and I guess for some, even the look you wish to project – tough, demure, serious, intelligent, etc.
Sunglasses have long been making their mark in the movies, some have even been lifted to iconic status based on an appearance in a movie.
Some may own a single pair, making them work for all occasions, while others of us may have many more to choose from, deciding which frame to wear depending on outfit, mood, the season, hair colour, etc. I have a gorgeous pair of classic Gucci’s that I can only wear when my hair is long because they just don’t suit me when my hair is short.
I used to have the most amazing pair of black Chanel’s that I wore to death – literally, they fell apart after much too much wear. It was a very sad day when that happened because I loved them so much, they looked fabulous!
I have been inspired by Prada’s current designs, but my biggest issue with them is that while they are in vogue now, fashion is fleeting, and so parting with the amount of money Prada requires, well… I would rather have a pair that will stand the test of time. Of course, if I had loads of cash to spare, I’d buy the Prada’s immediately!