For this weekly column, writer Mishal Cazmi highlights a fashionable person, iconic item, or collaboration, and explores its influence on style and pop culture. Above, the Parisian chanteuse Françoise Hardy.
Françoise Hardy has fond memories of Paris during the ’60s and ’70s. “I am very passionate about the artistic and literary world of that period. So, obviously, for me Paris is the people who lived here in this period, all the great intellectuals and artists like Picasso, Albert Camus, Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, Marcel Proust,” she told INTERVIEW magazine in October 2001.
France gave the world its share of style icons too—Coco Chanel, Brigitte Bardot, Jane Birkin and of course, Françoise Hardy herself. Born in 1944, the chanteuse began her career quietly and then quickly rose to prominence. She was a part of the yé-yé movement, France’s answer to the Beatles, led by young female singers who sang about love and longing. Hardy’s body of work also included film, modelling, and astrology (a hobby which resulted in published books).
An ethereal beauty with wispy vocals and perfectly pretty bangs, Hardy became an icon during the sixties. She was the opposite of blonde bombshell, Brigitte Bardot. Hers was a quiet beauty, which she wore with subdued confidence. Hardy also had a good relationship with clothes—whatever she wore, she wore it well.