10 Definitive French Style Heroes

10 Definitive French Style Heroes

From Coco Chanel to Vanessa Paradis, the French women who inspire our wardrobes on a regular basis.

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Parisian style has arguably been pored over more than any other. The artful insouciance of French women has served as inspiration for many of us who have woken up not knowing what to wear. Of course, the truth is it all comes down to attitude - it might have taken an age to create your perfectly messy hair or to find a navy jumper that is oversized without being too big - but it should look effortless, even if it wasn't. French style is about having a uniform, and sticking to it, where understatedness and restraint are the stars of the show. It isn't the most creative of looks, but it's enviable in its timelessness and apparent ease. Here, we look at the women who have made French chic one of the most famous terms in fashion history.

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Carine Roitfeld

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French women tend to veer from bright pops of colour, a truth Carine Roitfeld tends to honour. TheĀ Harper’s Bazaarglobal fashion director sticks to dark shades of navy, green and black, occasionally throwing on a leopard print coat over the top. Texture plays a key role in Roitfeld’s look – leather or vinyl skirts are teamed with sheer chiffon blouses or fine knit jumpers. Her timeless style inspired a collaboration with Uniqlo, where her signature pieces were sold to the masses – think black pencil skirts, towering heels, lace tights, fitted jackets and a sheer shirts.

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