Charlotte Gainsbourg, Reluctant Icon Of French Chic

By Phoebe Maltz Bovy


Charlotte Gainsbourg — daughter of French-Jewish singer Serge Gainsbourg and English actress (and handbag namesake) Jane Birkin — continues the family tradition of combining artistic excellence with Parisian glamorousness. Gainsbourg plays an important role in Joseph Cedar’s new film, “Norman”, and is also (oh to be so chic and part-French!) promoting a makeup line with Nars. And like any self-respecting representative of Frenchwoman style, Gainsbourg shares some beauty rituals but pushes back against the whole French beauty thing.

I want to be immune to the breathless (heh) items about how to look like a Parisienne, but I click, I always click. Even if the answer — as per Gainsbourg, and as per all ten trillion articles of this type — is to wear less foundation if you wish to look more French. Well, not exactly — it’s that French ladies supposedly wear less foundation than their American equivalents. Which may well be, but I have it on good authority (the mirror) that an American woman can eschew foundation and not look even the least bit French.

Source: Charlotte Gainsbourg, Reluctant Icon Of French Chic – The Forward

Charlotte Gainsbourg Does the Opposite of Freeing the Nipple 

This weekend, Richard Gere’s political thriller Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer premieres wide in theaters. On Wednesday, the cast gathered for an intimate New York screening hosted by the Cinema Society — in addition to the film’s star Gere, actors Lior Ashkenazi, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Hank Azaria, and Steve Buscemi all put in appearances. Actress and consummate French cool girl Gainsbourg plays Alex Green, who NPR recently described as “a New York-based corruption investigator for the Israeli government” who encounters the titular businessman played by Gere.

At the screening, surrounded by her suited male co-stars, Gainsbourg cut a particularly striking figure in an edgy Saint Laurent ensemble, plus t-shirt, minus glitter boots. It’s a look that showed during the Spring 2017 season, the collection that marked Anthony Vaccarello’s Saint Laurent debut. (Gainsbourg herself also sat front-row at the debut.) Originally modeled by Binx Walton, the leather minidress was an especially bold look — its most notable accessory being the rhinestone heart pasty on Walton’s breast, a gesture at modesty for the cutaway design. But for Gainsbourg’s red carpet appearance, she opted for a slightly more demure take on the look, doing whatever you might call the opposite of freeing the nipple [ . . . ]

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