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Friday, 7 March 2014

Style Icon: Brigitte Bardot


I honestly do not know why this post has taken me so long to write:  I started researching Brigitte Bardot about a week ago, planning this post, pinning my favourite images on Pinterest, thinking 'oh, this should be easy, Bardot being one of my all time style icons.' So many things got in the way of it, but finally here it is.

Why is Bardot one of my 'all time style icons'? Well, first off, she had a way of celebrating her curves without being trashy.  Of course, being French, an effortless approach to style was probably ingrained in her genes.  Her cinched outfits baring a hit of shoulder are synonymous with the 'sex kitten' look, which however remains sensually elegant without being overtly raunchy.  Paired with a classic cat-eye flick of black eye-liner and bed-head hairstyle, the bombshell look is complete.

In 1970, sculptor Alain Gourdon used French actress Brigitte Bardot as the model for a bust of Marianne — the symbol of France — and four years later Andy Warhol captured her in an iconic pop art portrait. But Bardot — a curvaceous blonde with a kittenish grin — wasn't merely a muse: she was also a trendsetter. She helped popularize the bikini by wearing two-pieces in films like Manina, the Girl in the Bikini (1952). She's also credited with sparking the trend of knitwear with a wide neck that exposes both shoulders — the so-called "Bardot neckline." A former ballet dancer, she once asked designer Rose Repetto to make shoes as light as her dance slippers. Voilà: the everyday ballerina flat was born.
(Time)

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Bardot and off-the-shoulder necklines are popular again and easy to come by right now.  Stick to fitted silhouettes on top paired with midi skirts in either full or pencil shapes.  Cigarette pants which graze the ankle combined with a breton-stripe top and ballerina pumps are contemporary yet evocative of the 60s Riviera, especially with topped with a broad headband.  Anything in fur or animal hide must be faux, in-keeping with Bardot's animal rights activism.

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