Remembering Françoise Hardy

The renowned French musician Françoise Hardy, who made an equally important mark on the fashion world, has died, aged 80.

Françoise Hardy, one of France’s most renowed and beloved singer-songwriters and a muse to fashion designers, has died, aged 80. The news was announced by her son, Thomas Dutronc, on Instagram.

A cultural icon, Hardy became known in the ’60s for her contributions to the French Yé-yé pop movement. Her melancholic melodies provided a nostalgic soundtrack which resonated with millions of fans –  so much so that Hardy’s song “Tous les garçons et les filles” became the inspiration for designer Rei Kawakubo’s label Comme des Garçons.

It was one of her countless contributions to the fashion industry. Known just as well for her music as for her style, Hardy inspired fashion royalty Yves Saint Laurent and Paco Rabanne, to the extent that Rabanne designed for her what is now a staple of the house: a gold-plated mini dress.

Hardy remained an icon well after she left the public eye due to illness, her images filling social media as an inspiration for the ‘60s and ‘70s styles. Her seemingly effortless elegance embodied the 20th century French girl look: her staple fringe falling just above the eyes, coupled with an androgynous blending of tailored pieces, laid back denim and patent leather.

Hardy will continue to live on through both her music and the impact she has had on culture, which continues to reverberate today.

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