Rock On

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She is counting down the minutes, watching the clock, longing for the bell to ring and signal the end of another school day. The hour where schoolbooks are left in the locker, a guitar is placed firmly in her hands and band practice begins.

She had recently joined an all girl rock band and while the other girls were busy cultivating their image, borrowing from Bowie, Blondie and Suzie Q she already had hers. All she needed was a leather jacket, a slick of black eyeliner and a great haircut.

Fame was already on its way. Photo shoots for cult Japanese magazines, parties by the pool at the Tropicana Motel, and boys hanging out backstage were soon to come, but these would all be incidental. A minor accompaniment to something else. To her it was all about one thing, the music.

Images of Joan Jett and The Runaways via Brad Elterman. Visit www.bradelterman.com and bradelterman.tumblr.com

Last image of Joan Jett in her bedroom via Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images.

Joan Jett of The Runaways Los Angeles   Photo by Brad Elterman

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Joan Jett 1977 Joan Jett plays softball at Flookies in Sherman Oaks, CA.

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Fin

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Cinema is the most beautiful fraud in the world … Jean-Luc Godard

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A story should have a beginning, a middle and an end, but not necessarily in that order… Jean-Luc Godard

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Photography is truth. The cinema is truth twenty-four times per second… Jean-Luc Godard

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You don’t make a movie, the movie makes you… Jean-Luc Godard

Careless Chic

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To me style is just the outside of content, and content the inside of style, like the outside and the inside of the human body – both go together, they can’t be separated … Jean-Luc Godard.

A Recipe for Careless French New Wave Chic

1. The Trench Coat
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Burberry Long Dolman Sleeve Trench Coat. www.us.burberry.com

2. The Stripey T
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St James Breton Stripe T. www.saint-james.com

3. The Red Cardigan
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Agnes b Red Cardigan. www.europe.agnesb.com

4. The Ballet Flat
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Repetto Ballet Flat. www.repetto.com

Cats Eye

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Beauty is composed of an eternal, invariable element whose quantity is extremely difficult to determine… Jean-Luc Godard

Some women say they would feel naked without their perfume but for me it’s my eyeliner. Alexa Chung writes in her beautiful book “It” that “Once I had the black line traced on my top lid for the first time it was game over and no other make-up choices got a look in”. I’m not sure when I first started lining my top lids however if you look at my style influences they all have one thing in common. They all love a cats eye.

Eyeliner enthusiasts Alexa Chung, above, and below, Anna Karina, Jean Seberg, Francoise Hardy, Brigitte Bardot and Catherine Deneuve.

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The Ultimate Muse

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Art attracts us only by what it reveals of our most secret self… Jean-luc Godard

Francoise Hardy is a French singer and actress who is famous for being part of the Yé-yé music movement in France in the early 60’s and who continues to make music and be a source of inspiration to many musicians, film makers and fashion designers today.

Bob Dylan wrote a poem for her and put it on the cover of his 1964 album, Another Side of Bob Dylan; she collaborated with Blur on their 1994 track, To the End; her style influences Nicolas Ghesquière, creative director of Louis Vuitton; and her music is a favourite of director Wes Anderson whose main characters, Suzy and Sam dance to “Le Temps de l’Amour” in his 2012 film Moonrise Kingdom. I guess you could say Francoise Hardy is the ultimate muse.

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Modern Love

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All you need to make a movie is a girl and a gun… Jean-Luc Godard

Images of Jean Seberg and Jean Paul Belmondo in A Bout de Souffle, directed by Jean-Luc Godard in 1960.

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Jean-Paul Belmondo & Jean Seberg in Jean-Luc Godard's BREATHLESS

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Paris NYC

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The world isn’t a sad place, it’s just big… Jean-Luc Godard

One of my favourite places to visit in New York is Cafe Gitane at their Mott Street location in Nolita. It was recommended to me by a French friend who said it reminded her of a cafe one might visit in a Jean-Luc Godard movie, and she was right. As I worked my way through their famous avocado toast I imagined it was the kind of place that Anna Karina and her Bande a Part cohorts would have sipped coffee, danced and recited newspaper stories to each other in. It’s a little piece of 60’s Paris in New York City.

Cafe Gitane, 242 Mott Street, New York, NY 10012

All images via: www.cafegitanenyc.com

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The New Wave

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It’s not where you take things from – it’s where you take them to… French New Wave Cinema genius, Jean-Luc Godard

Images below from: Made in U.S.A; Une femme est une femme; A Bout de Souffle; Alphaville and Bande a Part.

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Alphaville

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