Words by Nicole Thomsen
November 20th, 2017
Widely regarded as the apotheosis of insouciant French style, taking the reigns from her mother Jane Birkin, it’s easy to see why & Other Stories chose Lou Doillon as its muse for this year’s Celebration collection.
Created for the upcoming festive season, the capsule collection is influenced by Doillon’s inherent style, featuring a sumptuous velvet suit, leather trousers and sheer blouses which expertly toe the line between the musician’s part rock’n’roll part romantic wardrobe.
“The style of this collection was very close to mine. I’m really into the velvet suit with the white shirt. I have always been influenced by men’s style in the ’70s.” says Lou Doillon.
Lauded for her underplayed beauty and relaxed fashion sensibilities, the model, actress and musician with her heavy fringe and natural makeup is the quintessential Parisian woman. Never the kind of person to dress over the top, her failproof wardrobe consists of the basics. “A pair of boots, I like to walk, and freedom comes from not being contrived, or stopped by your tools… A pair of jeans, and something funny.” This sensibility translates well into the Celebration collection which is neither contrived nor boring. It is understated partywear which captures the iconic sense of style associated with French women.
This is the latest fashion project for Doillon who has previously worked with Givenchy, Chanel, Isabel Marant and Chloé to name but a few. “I’ve always adored fashion, as I find it to be THE universal language. I use it as a medium, just like singing, or drawing; it’s a way of presenting my “sensible”,” she said.
Of course, as a model, it was only natural that she would star in the campaign images which were shot at Le Trianon theatre in Paris where Doillon played one of her first big gigs as a singer-songwriter in 2013. Speaking about fellow musicians who inspire her with their strong sense of style, she mentions, “People who do what they do for themselves, whether you see it or not, like it or not: Fiona Apple, Beth Gibbons, Patti Smith, Nina Simone, Sophie Cale, Louise Bourgeois, Emily Dickinson, Eartha Kitt, Bjork, Karen Dalton, Beth Ditto, Billy Holliday, Cat Power… ”
Given that the collection is for the celebration season it was only natural to ask what Doillon’s New Year’s resolutions were for 2018. “None… I make great plans and resolutions every single night, and have a hard time following through. The only day I have none is one the 1st of January… A rule!”
The collection featured in the Lou Doillon story will be available in stores and on stories.com from the end of November. You can shop it below.
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