Being deemed an icon is akin to being knighted in fashion terms. Perhaps a dramatic comparison, save for women like Françoise Hardy who represent a cultural revolution. Known for her oblivious fringed hair with a slightly sullen expression and wearing her clothes with an air of unintentional cool.
Highly regarded as one of the most talented songbirds in history, her beautiful ballads still echo endlessly in every ear. She may be in the rare category of a favorite to dignitaries and artists alike. We look to her for notes on effortless glamour or perhaps just how to bring it back into the light. Françoise Hardy is the epitome of the phrase je ne sais quoi. Meaning, a little bit of the unknown, a little bit of ourselves kept close and an unabashed mood.
Her every style flux was unexpected. White sunglasses beneath heavy sixties bangs to a fierce moto jacket worn with a staunch stance on a desert road, or memorably engulfed in fur with windswept locks. Her signature pieces of wide leg trousers, black turtlenecks and crochet shift dresses were finished with a strong boot or delicate ballet flat.
In 1966, Bob Dylan found out she was at his concert and refused to keep playing until he met her. Later that night, he played her 'Just Like A Woman' for the first time. A muse to many but truly captured by few.
If I had intimidated you a little less
If you navigated less in your high atmosphere
If you didn't hide all your feelings
I, if I had been less romantic
And if you had not impressed me so much
If we had dared to make our dreams come true
-Françoise Hardy, Avec Des Si