Jane Birkin

Cannes red carpet: garconnes do it better



What is it about the Cannes red carpet that’s so much more refined than other red carpets? Don’t answer that. I think I know the answer already.

American premieres and awards are super-planned and super-commercial, all about diamonds and deals. Somehow Cannes just seems a bit cooler. Here’s the evidence; Jane Birkin and Charlotte Gainsbourg in classic garconne style – Birkin in Celine and Gainsbourg in Saint Laurent. (more…)



Gentlewoman style: Jane Birkin in Vogue



Jane Birkin Westman Atelier

Love this feature and photo of Jane Birkin in U.S Vogue in which she discusses music, beauty, style, bereavement and the human condition.

It’s a lovely lengthy read and this is my favourite bit:
“I think at 40 years old, I was at my best, really. Not for me at 20 or 25. Forty is, I think, a great, great age for a girl, 40 and even 50. It’s a lovely age because girls are as fragile as when they’re 15, and they don’t know what’s coming up. They know what they’re losing, but they don’t know what they’re going to get; 40 and 50 is a bit like that. You turn into something else a little bit, and it’s rather exciting. You do rash things. You do rash things because it’s your last chance in lots of ways, so I find that girls of 40 are interesting characters to write for, and 50 too.” (more…)



On my radar: anti-leather bags



Rue de Verneuil

I used a tote bag for the first time in months last week. Like practically everyone else, I’ve not commuted since March, so I’ve been getting by with pockets for my daily walkabout, or a compact J&M Davidson camera bag if I’m going further than the coffee shop at the end of my road.

But last week I went to meet up with a friend and needed a bigger bag for the mask-brolly-sweater gubbins I had to carry with me. (more…)



What’s in Jane Birkin’s beauty bag



Jane Birkin X Smythson

Smythson is killing is with these deep dive travel features. Less about ‘where to go and what to do’, this is a much more voyeuristic snoop, akin to ‘what’s on my desk‘ or ‘what’s in my bathroom cabinet’.

This longish read with Jane Birkin is content-meets-commmerce gold. She talks about her penchant for Agnes b silk tops, men’s V-neck cashmere jerseys (of course) and every trashy magazines she can get her hands on for the plane read. (more…)