Thursday, July 22, 2010

I LOVE: Jane Birkin

Jane Birkin has been my number one style icon for as long as I can remember. While I do like to experiment with fashion and trends, I always find myself looking at her pictures.

Jane Birkin, actress, model, singer and film director, was born December 14, 1946 in London. Just like her mother, Jane took her first steps before the cameras in 1964 in "The Knack ... and How to Get It"


I love her basket bag!

She was a rising star when she co-starred in "Slogan" alongside Serge Gainsbourg  (later, her second husband). They were the most famous couple of the 70`s and best known their duet "Je t'aime... moi non plus". She has three daughters: Kate Barry (photographer), Charlotte Gainsbourg (actress) and Lou Doillon (actress).

After being seated next to Hermès CEO Jean-Louis Dumas on a flight from Paris to London, Jane took out and opened her Hermès datebook, which was overflowing and some items fell out of it. Dumas insisted on taking the datebook, and returned it to Jane a few weeks later with a pocket sewn onto the back, which has since become a standard Hermès feature. After that, Jane explained her difficulty in finding a well-made leather weekender bag. She went on to describe her ideal weekender and a few weeks later she received that bag with a personal note.  

This bag has since been known as the “Birkin Bag”!

Photos from GettyImages,, and The Fashion Spot