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In our second installment of Fashion Icons, we have Lou Doillon
Lou Doillon comes from great fashion lineage. She is the daughter of fashion icon Jane Birkin, and half-sister to another fashion icon Charlotte Gainsbourg. She has an odd beauty, one that is distinctly French, one that us Americans covet. She is a model, actress, singer, and fashion designer-and unlike most, she can actually do all of these jobs well
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Style: A French hobo, meets the Artful Dodger-Flea market chic
On her own style: “I used to put Indian leggings under short dresses, worn with tiny Grateful Dead T-shirts and Rollerblades, and I had long dreadlocks. By the time I was 11½, I had a stud in my tongue and tattoos.”
Lou can easily be feminine or masculine. Above she wears a fur cape and light floral dress. While below she wears tight jeans, a man’s shirt, and suspenders.
On her Modeling Days: “I’d go to castings and people used to think I was the delivery boy with someone else’s portfolio,” she says. “Then, suddenly, I was confirmed to do all these shows — Vivienne Westwood, Sonia Rykiel, Christian Lacroix — it was insane! It was a total disaster because I was so bad. Missoni sent me down the catwalk behind Gisele. I was, like, ‘You’re joking!’ This girl sends out her legs 1½ metres in front of her, and I went on stage and just had a laughing fit. Someone had to come out to get me and bring me backstage. The whole thing was basically one big misunderstanding, but one misunderstanding led to another and another, and suddenly I was doing campaigns.
Watch her in all her French glory below