I Want To Live In A French New Wave Movie

I would’ve totally done it with Jean-Paul Belmondo in 1960.
Publish date:
February 20, 2014
1960s, French new wave, Jean-Luc Godard, anna karina

The first time I watched Jean-Luc Godard’s "Breathless,"I became obsessed with romance in foreign countries.There’s nothing more whimsical than being with your love in city full of Gothic and Baroque-style buildings. I would choose Europe over any tropical island any day.

Maybe I’m a product of watching too many romantic comedies set in Paris, but if a guy asked me to move with him to France tomorrow (not like some random homeless guy on the street but someone who is taller than me and attractive), I would go.

The fashion of French new wave films is the first notable aspect about them.I’m in love with Jean Seberg’s outfits in Breathless.

Chic, simple stripes, and she makes smoking look so cool. I’m glad I didn’t see this movie until I was 24 or I totally would’ve started smoking in high school to be like her. I also need that New York Tribune shirt.

French new wave movies always contained lots of absurd irony and sarcasm, which I love more than anything. They were more documentary style, filled with funny conversations and long, realistic dialogue. There’s a 15-minute scene in "Breathless" where Patricia and Michel are in a hotel room basically doing nothing but talking while laying in bed, and it’s so funny to me.

Patricia asks Michel what he’s doing there, and he says, “Because I feel like sleeping with you again.”

Patricia responds with, “I don’t find that a reason.”

Michel says, “Evidently it is. It means I love you.”

How cute are they?!?I could watch them talk for hours.

I went to a screening of "Breathless" where Jean-Paul Belmondo spoke afterward. He only speaks French and is 80 years old, but he was still hot for an old dude.

Men’s fashion in new wave films was always so perfect. Belmondo wore simple tailored pants, a blazer, and a fedora in "Breathless." The cigarette always hanging out of his mouth was a great accessory. He embodied the carefree look while still being fashionable, which is not easy to do. His half-unbuttoned collared shirt was so damn sexy.

He made French street style look so cool. I love when guys wear collared shirts and slick pants -- it’s so handsome and alluring.

The first French new wave film, "Le Beau Serge," also had some stylish handsome guys in it: Jean-Claude Brialy and Gérard Blain.

A guy I dated once said to me, “You’ve got this Anna Karina thing going on today.”

I said, “Who?”

We then opened a bottle of Prosecco, got some fancy cheese, and watched the sh*t out of "A Woman Is A Woman." Anna Karina was Zooey Deschanel before Zooey Deschanel was Zooey Deschanel. She was so weird and quirky and funny, yet sophisticated and gorgeous. I WANT TO BE HER.

Her bangs are bitchin and her makeup is very Twiggy-esque. I love the thick eyeliner on top and none on the bottom look. I was in Alice & Olivia’s Spring 2013 show and the makeup/hair was very similar to that style.

"Une Femme est Une Femme" (A Woman Is A Woman) is about Anna Karina wanting a baby, but her current boyfriend doesn’t. Jean-Paul Belmondo steps in and professes his love to Anna and says he’ll give her a baby, so they sleep together. I mean, how could you NOT sleep with Jean-Paul Belmondo? He makes white T-shirts look so good:

Another film with great style is "Pierrot Le Fou." Jean-Paul Belmondo and Anna Karina are both in it again. They’re on a traveling crime spree while being chased by gangsters after Belmondo leaves his wife for Karina. If that's not dangerously romantic, I don't know what is.

Belmondo’s suit is so perfect and chic, and Anna’s white dress is simple and pretty.

Anna is killing it with the fitted white T-shirt, and Belmondo is looking sharp and sexy as always.

I love how influential the style of French new wave films have been. Not just on directors, but fashion designers as well. Christian Dior, Proenza Schouler, and John Galiano all cite French new wave for inspiration of their designs. The nonchalant yet rebellious vibes from that era are so charming that it makes me wish I were in Paris during that time.

The women in French new wave films were always chic, vibrant and sophisticated. I think that’s what draws me mostly to them. The films were made during a time when women were becoming more liberated, so it made them controversial. Some of the films were seen as sexist, but the women always emerged as the most interesting characters.

A lot of the shoots I've been hired for have been 60s themed (1960s, not the 1760s with hoop skirts and powdered wigs). Apparently I transform easily into the style of that era:

I’m not sure why this genre of film stood out to me instead of others. I think it’s from my love of dissecting relationships and being entertained by observing conversations and body language between two strangers. Or maybe it’s just because I would’ve totally done it with Jean-Paul Belmondo in 1960. Who am I kidding? I’d totally do him now at 80 (unless someone has a time machine I can borrow).

Is anyone else as obsessed with this era as I am?