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French New Wave Fashion: Anna Karina

  © 2012 Amber McNett
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Anna Karina was named by Coco Chanel, so it's probably no surprise that she still remains in the fashion pantheon today. Although perhaps not as well-knows as her French New Wave contemporaries, Brigitte Bardot and Catherine Deneuve, Anna Karina has nonetheless had a lasting impact on the fashion world, having created a fresh and very French girlish persona and style that still resonates with designers and tastemakers worldwide.

First a model, the Danish Anna first appeared on film in black and white in Jean-Luc Godard's Le Petit Soldat after being discovered by him in a soap commercial in 1959. Though her trademark bright colours had yet to appear, the French press was already excited by her screen presence and fresh, innocent style. The world took notice, however, after her technicolor turns in both Pierrot Le Fou and Made In USA, also directed by Jean-Luc Godard. After releasing several albums as a musical artist and ye-ye girl in France, Serge Gainsborough created a vibrant, color-saturated musical called "Anna!" in 1967, based on her look and personality.

You can read more about her life and films on our biography page. Or select one of the headings below to read more about her style!


..Anna Karina Style Cheat Sheet
   

anna karinaAttitude:

  • girlish, vibrant, playful, vulnerable, artistic

Clothes:

  • color-blocking
  • knee-length skirts, button-down shirts and cardigans in
    bright red, blue, yellow, and green
  • sun dresses and tennis dresses with long socks anna karina
  • simple leather ballet flats, dolly shoes or low black
    heels
  • girlish dresses with buttons and white collars or frills
  • checks, plaids, and stripes in vibrant new wave colors!

Accessories:

  • straw or cotton cloth totes
  • brightly colored tights
  • hats! especially “adventure” types like army caps,
    boating or captain’s hats, or beachy hats made of straw

Hair: anna karina makeup

  • long, straight and shoulder length
  • fringe/bangs
  • low pig-tails or pony-tail also acceptable
  • girlish and low-maintenance is the key!

Makeup:

  • winged eyeliner
  • rosy pink or peach lip
  • 60s blue eyeshadow or natural lids
  • fresh, minimal makeup with a dewy finish

anna karina agnes bPerfume:

In the 1960-70s she may have worn:
  • Yardley English Lavender
  • Guerlain "Apres L'Ondee"
  • Faberge "Straw Hat"
  • Nina Ricci "L'Air du Temps"

Modern perfumes that evoke her spirit:

  • Commes des Garcons "Play"
  • Etat Libre d'Orange "Jasmin et Cigarette"
  • Annick Goutal "Ninfeo Mio"

Channelling her today you might wear:

CATWALK

  • Agnes B
  • Lacoste
  • Marc Jacobs
  • Marni
HIGH STREET
  • Topshop
  • H&M

 

..Anna Karina Fashion Scrapbook
   

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Modern Designers Inspired by Anna:

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Ferragamo Fall 2012
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Agnes B's Anna Karina-inspired
A/W 2008 collection
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Jason Wu for Target 2012
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Peter Jensen's
Anna Karina-inspired A/W 2011
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Agnes B's Anna Karina-inspired
A/W 2008 collection
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Peter Jensen's
Anna Karina-inspired A/W 2011
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Band of Outsiders A/W 2008
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Band of Outsiders window display
in Paris March 2010 (photo by newwavefilm.com)

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Venitia Scott for Margaret Howell
A/W 2010/11
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ModCloth's Anna Karina dress
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Alexa Chung channels Anna Karina
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Papercup's Alphaville Collection 2011
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Papercup's Alphaville Collection 2011

..Anna Karina Beauty How-tos
   

Anna Karina makeup tutorial:

Things to help perfect your look:

anna karina nail polish
Chanel "Nouvelle Vague" nail polish
Biba makeup palette
Iconic 60s Biba makeup palette
mac angel lipstickMac Angel Lipstick
yardley english lavender Yardley English Lavender

 

..Anna Karina Style Inspiration
   

Videos to get you in the Anna Karina spirit!



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Click on the image of each actress below to read more about her style, including lists of looks, clothing and makeup tips, and plenty of references to help you recreate their looks.

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