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Bloggers, photographers and Hollywood stars: meet the new generation of French icons


French women are well known for their confident, effortless style. If only we could bottle their apparently innate talent for putting a killer outfit together, we'd make millions.

When looking to Paris for fashion inspiration, the same familiar names often spring to mind – but Birkin, Bardot, Deneuve et al have now been joined by a thoroughly modern set of style influencers. 

Looking for some fresh sartorial inspiration? Scroll down to find out who's racking up the style points in 2016.

Garance Doré


Garance Doré

Garance Doré is a French photographer, illustrator and author who made a name for herself when she started a style blog back in 2006.

One of the first people to embrace the idea of street style photography in France, Doré soon became a common face at fashion week and a favourite among the Parisian fashion pack. Her CV is extensive: she's worked on photography collaborations with brands including Chloé, Tiffany & Co., and J. Crew.

Along with her ability to capture some of the most Pinterest-worthy street-style shots, Doré also has an impressive talent for illustration; she recently created a successful fashion-themed stationery collection with Rifle Paper Co.

Her recent pursuits have included a YouTube channel featuring interviews with Stella McCartney, Jenna Lyons and Dries van Noten, and a podcast on which she recently spoke to Hollywood actress Rose Byrne about friendships, careers and empowering women.

Image: @garancedore

Caroline de Maigret


Caroline de Maigret

French model Caroline de Maigret is known for her chic style and trademark messy hair. "But honestly, if brushings didn't take so long, I'd go for them," she recently joked on Instagram.

De Maigret was recently appointed global ambassador for Chanel, and Karl Lagerfeld, the fashion house's creative director, is a long-term admirer. She's been modelling for the brand since 1999, and she's also a former face of Lancôme.

In the past few years, de Maigret has embraced social media, amassing over 450,000 followers on Instagram – she refers to her feed as her 'shameless self-promotion diary'.

Keen to share her French style tips with others, de Maigret co-authored the 2014 book How to be Parisian Wherever You Are: Love, Style and Bad Habits along with Stylist France editor Audrey Diwan.

Image: Rex Features

Freddie Harrel


Freddie Harrel

Freddie Harrel is a style blogger and confidence coach. She was born and raised in Paris, but now lives in London.

She started her fashion blog, with the tagline Freddie Unleashed, in the summer of 2013, and her wardrobe full of bright colours and bold patterns has since caught the imagination of fans all over the world – she now has over 90,000 followers on Instagram.

Harrel developed her personal style after learning not to care about the opinions of others. Her dress code philosophy ever since has been fun and unique: "I would go for these bright colours that would always catch my eye, for these mansy brogues and trousers to channel my inner boy, for metallic and shiny prints to reveal my part-time cosmic superhero self, and for this big fuzzy hair which picks up on my bubbly and witty self," she says on her blog.

Freddie now runs IRL workshops and shares simple 'confidence kicks' and style tips on her YouTube channel.

Image: freddieharrel.com

Léa Seydoux

Léa Seydoux

Paris-born Léa has been acting in movies for almost 10 years, and recently starred alongside Daniel Craig in the Bond film Spectre. Her acting credits are impressive – you might also recognise her from Midnight in Paris, Inglourious Basterds or Blue is the Warmest Colour.

As well as Hollywood, she's also caught the attention of the fashion world – she's regularly featured on the best-dressed lists at Paris Fashion Week and earlier this year fronted an advertising campaign for Louis Vuitton. 

Often pictured wearing Prada, her red carpet style is a French twist on old-school Hollywood glamour.

Image: Getty

Emmanuelle Alt

Emmanuelle Alt

Emmanuelle Alt succeeded another long-time French style icon, Carine Roitfeld, by taking on the role of editor-in-chief of Vogue Paris in 2011.

Known for her sleek, trend-defying style, she usually wears tailored classics such as fitted trousers or skinny jeans, crisp white shirts and perfectly-cut blazers. Her off-duty style is equally elegant, featuring Breton tops and relaxed separates by designers like Isabel Marant (there's a personal connection there; Alt styled for the brand from 2007 to 2011).

"I have always been quite boyish," she said in a 2014 interview in The Telegraph. "I used to wear some skirts in the past but I was always looking for simplicity." 

She mainly wears low-heeled shoes by Saint Laurent, explaining in the same interview: "I don't want to suffer in my clothes."

She developed her enviable understated style as a response to a busy schedule juggling editing responsibilities at Vogue with front row appearances at catwalk shows in Paris: "Between the shows we rush back to the magazine, we work, work, go back to the shows. In between that I create a crazy look? No."

Image: Getty


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