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Fashion in Film: Catherine Deneuve’s Classic Glamour in Belle de Jour

by Tory Hoen
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Tory Hoen

After attending Brown University and spending two years in New York, Tory bought a one-way ticket to Paris to pursue her dream of becoming a writer (and of drinking wine at lunch). During her time in the City of Light, she chronicled the euphoric highs and the laughable lows of ex-pat life on her blog, A Moveable Beast. Though she's now based in New York, she travels frequently to Montreal and Brazil, and she'll use just about any excuse to jet to Paris ("I ran out of fleur de sel"). A regular contributor to Hip Paris, Tory also writes for New York Magazine, Time Out New York, and she is a co-author of Gradspot.com's Guide To Life After College. View Tory Hoen's Website

10 comments on “Fashion in Film: Catherine Deneuve’s Classic Glamour in Belle de Jour

This was an era that Americans as well looked sharp. When First Lady Jackie Kennedy arrived in France in the early 1960’s her style was all the Vogue! Just look at the show Mad Men to see how women dressed. The tightness of some of the clothes is exagerated, abut attention to hair/makeup and attire was exacting. I remember my mothe had me walk around the home with a book on my head, so I had perfect grace. Men always wore suits, no complaining about ties. Always well groomed.
My mother always wore a suit, polished pumps, hose ( yes, no bare legs) and complete undergarments that showed no panty lines or bulges of any kind. Also, there were few overweight people of that generation.

A favourite film… and yes… I want to be wearing all that CD wears right now… xv

C’est vrai – Deneuve is in a class all her own. And Belle de Jour… incroyable!

i agree completely. we just moved to paris and i must say, i have been a bit disappointed while strolling the streets. sure, the women aren’t at the bus stop in yoga pants and baseball hats like back home…but enough already with the studded boots, bags and leather jackets! great post.

I really love that Film!!!!!!

Unfortunately being lady-like is not a subject women even want to consider today. They are too busy being powerful and tough to entertain the idea. Some of them forget that one can be a lady and still be a complete human being.

There is no one like the wonderful Deneuve, is there?

AMEN!!!! This is my all time favorite movie wardrobe. It’s classic and still relevant today. I dare say she has an almost minimal wardrobe, but it’s all cohesive and she wears it well.

Hello!
Thank you for this expertly written article. You hit the nail on the head. I live in Paris and what I see on a daily basis has nothing to do with chic. It’s becoming a little bit too studied and downright messy. I work in the fashion industry and I love to watch that rare woman or young lady who has actually cared enough to wash her hair and leave the messy bun look behind, cared enough to wear one tailored piece that stands out but not too much. Belle du Jour takes me back to when I used to watch my mother and father get ready to go out to dinner with friends or family or even go to church. You have to look like you care.

I love that film, although I still want to know what’s inside the buzzing box!

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