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Who epitomises French Elegance/Chic for you......

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practicality Mon 08-Apr-13 17:58:51

I am thinking of the more <ahem> mature lady rather than the skinny jeans/messy hair/converse look that is sometimes viewed as 'French'.

I am putting forward Valerie Trierweiler and Kristin Scott Thomas.

Who else do you think is inspirational in this respect?

ToastedTeacakes Mon 08-Apr-13 18:39:29

Ines de la fressange.

ToastedTeacakes Mon 08-Apr-13 18:40:04

here she is in action:

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Geewizz Mon 08-Apr-13 18:42:00

Juliette Binoche for me. A great actress in everything she does - and much older than you'd think...sigh with envy.

Whitershadeofpale Mon 08-Apr-13 18:42:13

Even though she's not French I think Audrey Hepburn is the epitome of this look.

Emmanulle Alt more recently and Audrey Tatou.

MaryAnnSingleton Mon 08-Apr-13 18:43:58

Francoise Hardy/ Jane Birkin/Charlotte Gainsbourg and Kristin Scott Thomas

ToastedTeacakes Mon 08-Apr-13 18:47:14

Also Isabel Marant, mostly her attitude to growing older, that sort of devil may care vibe about her.

Ujjayi Mon 08-Apr-13 18:47:47

Juliette Binoche, Ines de la Fressange and Audrey Tatou.

ToastedTeacakes Mon 08-Apr-13 18:49:32

Never understood the Jane Birkin appeal. Although beautiful, she doesn't seem to evoke the French 'thing' for me at all, as well as not being remotely French..........and as for style, she appeared to wear as few clothes as possible (IYKWIM), so apart from the occasional pic of her wearing flares and a plain tee, I just can't see it.

MrsMaryCooper Mon 08-Apr-13 18:50:44

Audrey Fleurot from Spiral

My absolute favourite aspirational redhead.

AmberNectarine Mon 08-Apr-13 18:52:50

Carine Roitfeld

AuldAlliance Mon 08-Apr-13 18:54:42

I think Sandrine Kiberlain shows another, more relaxed side to French chic. Still gorgeous and chic, and clothes hang beautifully on her.

AuldAlliance Mon 08-Apr-13 18:55:29

Isabelle Huppert.

enormouse Mon 08-Apr-13 18:58:41

Berenice marlohe, from skyfall. And as a previous poster said, Audrey Hepburn.

MarshaBrady Mon 08-Apr-13 18:59:13

Audrey Tautou - not the quirky Amelie thing, but the Chanel advert

Clémence Poésy / Emanuelle Alt / Isabel Marant

All quite different.

MarshaBrady Mon 08-Apr-13 18:59:31

Oh and Françoise Hardy.

sue52 Mon 08-Apr-13 19:00:03

Catherine Deneuve and Isabelle Adjani

Meglet Mon 08-Apr-13 19:00:36

Carine Roitfeld.

I covet her eyebrows.

oopsadaisymaisy Mon 08-Apr-13 19:34:32

I have a girl crush on Marion cotillard. She is French personified.

HappyGirlNow Mon 08-Apr-13 20:14:59

I second Marion Cotillard - she just looks amazing all the time..

EuniceDumbsdown Mon 08-Apr-13 22:25:44

Princess Caroline of Monaco - no fillers, Botox or facelifts. Looks every one of her 56 years and gorgeous and elegant.

kerstina Mon 08-Apr-13 22:53:32

Agree with Audrey Hepburn.

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