I’m resurrecting this ‘Girl Crush’ series, and found myself yesterday pouring over images of Jane Birkin and feeling very inspired.
Jane Birkin is a British-French actress, singer, songwriter and model. She gained notoriety for her decade-long romance and musical partnership with Serge Gainsbourg. And has had a prolific acting career in both British and French cinema.
Raised in Chelsea, London, she described herself as a “shy, English girl”. She began her career as an actress with minor roles in Blow Up and Kaleidoscope (1966) And in 1969 she met Serge while they co-starred in the film Slogan. This was the start of a major romance that lasted years and the duo released their debut album Jane Birkin/Serge Gainsbourg in the same year.
Like everyone, I adore looking at photographs of the two together, they always looked to be very much in love and having fun. But of course, these are just photographs and don’t capture what life was really like. But can you imagine how it would have felt to be In love and be inspired to create with your partner?
Jane Birkin is the ultimate muse for holiday style, with her white cotton blouses, bare feet and sun dresses. Whenever I get a fringe I hope to look like her, but of course I never do!
There is something so effortless in her style, she just threw this on, ruffled her hair and was good to go.
And of course she is the patron saint of just jeans and a top cool girl vibes. Her look was always relaxed, never overly dressy and is something that is easily replicated. Hence her place in style history. I feel like she found her clothing at French flea markets and carried them in her trademark wicker basket.
And of course we have to mention the basket, every summer the highstreet is flooded with copy cats. This is the ‘other Birkin bag’, not to be mistaken with the super Hermes Birkin Bag.
In 1981, Birkin happened to be seated on a flight with Hermes chief executive Jean-Louis Dumas. When she tried to place her straw basket bag in the overhead compartment, her belongings fell out all over the seats. This prompted a discussion around the difficulties of finding a bag that was both stylish, but also big enough to carry all of her things. They went on to design a bag, and of course, the rest is history.
Who should be my next Girl Crush?