Bob Dylan dedicated a poem to her, Mick Jagger described her as his “ideal woman” and the former head of Balenciaga, Nicolas Ghesquière, cited her as an influence… still as striking, stylish and talented in her sixties as she was in the 60s, singer/songwriter Françoise Hardy is a natural choice for our French Style Icons hall of fame.
Hardy rose to fame as a part of the French ‘yé-yé pop music scene with the B-side of her first single becoming a Europe-wide hit in 1962. Her impressive discography spans 6 decades and her cult status has secured collaborations with Blur, Malcolm McLaren and Iggy Pop. She released her most recent album, L’amour fou, in 2012.
Hardy’s style icon status was cemented in the mid-60s when she was photographed wearing Dior, Paco Rabanne, Yves St Laurent and La Redoute’s AW13 designer collaborator Courrèges, leaving a legacy of images that capture a mix of girl-next-door charm and that unmistakable French cool.
At the age of 64 Hardy modelled for La Redoute’s SS 08 collection, providing a fashion role model for older women and proving that, with a little French know-how, women can look stylish at any age.
To get Françoise Hardy’s retro look try our striped sweater, biker jacket or Courrèges jacket. If you prefer the classic French chic look, the Laura Clement collection features simple, elegant pieces with lasting appeal.