Monday Muse: Brigitte Bardot Inspires Isabel Marant

Brigitte Bardot

Brigitte Bardot

It doesn’t get more French than Brigitte Bardot. Or iconic, as the actresses image and features have also been used to inspire one of the various incarnations of the bust of Marianne, the female symbol of French liberty.  Few women are as instantly recognizable (see: Marilyn, Grace Kelly, Marlene Dietrich, any woman mentioned in Madonna’s “Vogue”) or emulated as Bardot, who inspires everyone from fashion designers to makeup artists. But a sartorial synthesis we couldn’t have predicted was seen on the runway at Isabel Marant, who took the touchstones of Bardot’s go-to look and combined them with an unlikely paramour: Elvis Presley.

Bardot was a model, actress, singer and activist, though few people know that she aspired to be a ballet dancer.(Muses, they’re just like us!). But eventually, she made her movie debut in And God Created Woman. After her big screen appearance, she became one of the most famous women in the world. Her signature look included big hair, thick winged liner and a pervasive French je ne sais quoi that permeated everything from the way she spoke and carried herself to her personal style, which was known for effortless elegance. Bardot was often seen in off-the-shoulder knits and boatneck tops to reflect her St. Tropez jaunts and she was rarely seen without oversize sunglasses. She also popularized the bikini, and images of her sizzling at Cannes in a two-piece still incite fashion mania to this day.

Isabel Marant Spring 2013

Isabel Marant Spring 2013

Isabel Marant Spring 2013

Isabel Marant Spring 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Like Bardot in her heyday, Isabel Marant is one of the biggest names coming out of France today. Marant is a fashion darling, creating must-have items every season, including her famed wedge sneakers, studded leather pieces and easy, casual knits that models-off-duty and celebs love just as much as fashion editors.

For spring, Marant sent out a collection that cited Bardot along with Elvis Presley as inspiration, creating looks that combined resort-ready tunics and caftans with gold-accented leather pieces that the King himself would be proud to wear. A strange combination? On paper, yes, but in reality, we spied Bardot go-tos such as the caftan, paired with leather jackets. The combination of tough and soft are a Marant signature. Bardot’s open shoulders coupled with Elvis’ theatricality made for a collection of must-haves that we’re sure to see in street style snaps for seasons to come. But as much as fans love Marant’s work, she doesn’t make it easy to come by. Shoppers have to scour high-end department stores to get a piecemeal offering of her collections or go trek to her Paris and NY boutiques to spy the collections (Net-a-Porter also has a selection). So we all wait with bated breath for her L.A. outpost — reportedly her biggest to date — to open and give the West Coast a big helping of French dressing.

Photos courtesy Style.com and Vanity Fair

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