Lou Doillon, an acclaimed French artist, garners the cover of the November 19, 2023 issue of Sunday Times Style. The multi-talented singer-songwriter, actress, model and daughter of the late Jane Birkin. Captured by photographer Katja Rahlwes, Doillon is styled in an Alaïa bodysuit, complemented by exquisite Cartier jewelry.
The issue’s fashion narrative, created by stylist Ray Tetauira, features Doillon in creations by prestigious brands such as Bottega Veneta, Balenciaga and Saint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello. The visual appeal is enhanced by Sayaka Otama’s hair styling, Hugo Villard’s make-up artistry and Fanny Santa Rita’s nail techniques.
Like her mother, Jane Birkin, Lou Doillon loves fashion, family and jewelry. In her interview with Laura Craik, she shares her memories of her relationship with her mother and her influence on her style choices. Despite her mother’s death, Doillon fondly recalls memories of Birkin, illustrating the deep connection between the two. This connection extends to their shared love of Cartier jewelry, a brand that holds a special place in her family.
Jane Birkin, known for her impeccable style and influence in the fashion world, once gave her daughter a Cartier watch for her 18th birthday. However, Doillon exchanged it for a different style – the Cartier Tank watch, which she found more appealing because of its shape.
Decades later, Doillon’s tastes have grown closer to her mother’s original choice. Now 41, she wears a Cartier Baignoire, the same style Birkin originally chose for her. Reflecting on the change, Doillon says, “Back then I was a squareish young girl and I preferred the [square] shape of the Tank. But the shape of the Baignoire is much more to my liking today.”
In addition to her fashion sense, Doillon has a distinctly English and French persona. Despite her quintessentially Parisian appearance, she possesses a distinctly English sense of humor and speech, a blend of her diverse cultural upbringing. Her eclectic style, ranging from Paris Review caps to thrift store finds, underscores her unique approach to fashion, which differs from her mother’s more casual chic.
Doillon’s perspective on fashion reflects a broader dialogue between English and French styles. She notes, “One of the biggest exponents of casual chic is my mother, who is English and not French at all. But she changed the whole French style when she moved here.” This interplay between the two cultures continues to shape her approach to fashion and identity.