Friday, March 25, 2011

Paperdolls: Juliette Gréco.

Brooding never looked so good.

Juliette Greco, existential French chanteuse of the 50s and 60s, didn't have a profound fashion presence, but the one main theme running through her wardrobe is a striking simplicity.  Her looks vary from carefree beatnik, in easy non-de script separates to bold, simple striking pieces.  From a well-worn pale blue fitted sweater--  like that great sweater you love which you put no thought into-- to a uniform silver sequined shift, all Greco's piece are simple-- the everyday to evening wear. The most pattern I've seen her wear may be a striped boatneck or button-down sweater.  The cuts of her clothing are all simple, 60s, clean lines.  Her album covers are always so fabulously Greto--  a cigarette hanging from her lip in a fitted black turtleneck or those gorgeously brooding eyes popping out from behind a basic, but stunning, red feather boa.   

I love her penchant for all things beatnik and dark: navy capes, black fur coats... She often wears all black get-ups on stage but, despite also having dark hair, never looks bland.  Her eyes are thickly lined with black coal and she peers out from false lashes... and with the bob and bangs the whole looks is so profoundly moody.  It makes me think that Audrey Hepburn's philosophical, Francophile model-thinker character's look in Funny Face was based upon Juliette Greco.   Even John Lennon loved Juliette's look.  He said in his autobiographical book "Skywriting by Word of Mouth" that Juliette Greco was one of his earliest images of his dream girl: the dark haired, intellectual, foreign artist.  He said this early dream girl image of Juliette paved the path toward Yoko.

570 EUR -

Aubin Wills stripe cardigan
$150 -

French Connection sweater
$32 -

A L C knit top
$295 -

Knit top
$110 -

Balenciaga turtle neck sweater
274 GBP -

Sonia by Sonia Rykiel striped top
153 GBP -

Rag Bone hooded coat
$275 -

Halston Heritage coat
637 GBP -

Halston Heritage short coat
228 EUR -


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