Vintage News | An Ode to Françoise Hardy's Style

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Hardy's chubby furs and girlish dresses or simple pants paired with natural hair and makeup has been mined countless times by contemporary style icons like Alexa Chung.


Françoise Hardy's style has always been a mix of minimalism with a splash of chic insouciant bohemianism. Known primarily as a successful singer and actress, the native Parisian's first record, Tous les Garçons et les Filles sold over a million copies when it was released in 1962. While on stage, she favored sleek pantsuits by Courrèges' couture line, little white dresses, chunky furs, patent white boots, colorfully knitted dresses and of course, her trademark eye-skimming fringe. Her style is as relevant today as it was over 50 years ago. In honor of Hardy's biggest album reissue yet (five albums have been remastered from their original French formats by Light in the Attic records last month with vinyl editions coming out in January) we're taking a look back at the chanteuse's fashionable life.

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Off duty, she favored jeans and classic white sneakers with a button-down.


(L) Hardy was important to the French fashion scene because she defied the sex bomb look portrayed by Brigitte Bardot during the time. She took risks by wearing designers such as André Courrèges and Paco Rabanne, opting for a strikingly androgynous look.   (R) Here, the singer wears Paco Rabanne's famous chainmail dress.


Mick Jagger once said that Hardy was his "ideal woman" while Bob Dylan dedicated one of his poems to her.

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