Timeless cool; relatable modern soul searching; detachment riddled with hopeless romanticism, nouvelle vague cinema had it all and then some. The ’60s movement that took cinema – and the world – by storm managed to redefine an era and create imagery so strong that it became almost instantly iconic. And if any one person embodies and captures the era’s vibrant spirit, it’s Anna Karina. The actress made her mark in Jean-Luc Godard’s movies and rose to become the face of a generation, the symbol and style icon of a new femininity. And it’s no wonder why: Taking on roles in instant classics like Band of Outsiders, Pierrot le Fou and Une femme est un femme, Anna Karina become everyone’s favourite poster girl in a decade that had the word “revolution” written all over. This spring we celebrate that restless vibe and channel the infamous je ne sais quois. The Danish model-turned-actress mixed simple, yet effective prints, with vibrant colours and girlie details: think headbands and delicate bows, colour-blocking tights, pointy flats and buttoned-down cardigans. Combine knee-length skirts, tartan and innocent ruffles, hats or mod-stripes with the mandatory winged cat-eye kohl and you’re almost there. Don’t forget to add a touch of masculinity: French style always throws in a little of the opposite before it goes too far. Of course, if you were thinking of getting a fringe, now’s the time to do it. The iconic factor resides precisely in that delicate balance between the femme fatale touch and a subdued, child-like vulnerability, toying with classic pieces with a twist: after all, the devil is in the details.
Here, we talk you through some of the items that are both playful and reserved, simple yet stylish – perfect for celebrating a timeless era with a glass of red wine and some existential philosophy by the Seine.
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