Time for round three of Monday Muses and another shot at reclaiming our Mondays from the evil life-sucking powers that have made it the least favorite day of the week! This week why not meet your pals for happy hour and a glass of Rosé? Or give yourself a bright manicure? While you're at it throw on a face mask (I like this one and these). Make today about you.
This Monday’s Muse, Catherine Deneuve, is probably all about treating herself well - it’s just a hunch. She is one of those people for whom the words 'grace' and 'elegance' were invented.
Denueuve is the quintessential French Movie Star and she has played muse to many a director (including: Luis Buñuel and Polanski). She was also at one time married to photographer David Bailey. However, she was arguably most famously muse to the one and only, Yves Saint Laurent. They first worked together on the film Belle de Jour in 1966 and the pair became life-long friends (until YSL's death in 2008). Deneuve even helped launch "Le Smoking" evening trouser-suit, being the first to wear the famed tuxedo designed by YSL.
Keeping in tune with the glamorous allure, she was also very fittingly the face of Chanel No.5 for several years in the 1970s.
I think I first discovered her in either the Hunger, Les Parapluies de Cherbourg or Les Demoiselles de Rochefort when I was about 10 (I saw them all with in a year or two). Which ever it was I have been a fan ever since. You may recall this DJRD post about her costumes in the Hunger from waaaay back when (2008 to be exact!) By the way, she can also carry a tune quite well...
In a world of surgeries, fillers and severe phobia of aging, Catherine has managed to age (seemingly anyway) without much help and with total grace. She still easliy holds her own next to far younger beauties…
Suggested screenings: Repulsion and The Hunger (with Bowie AND Susan Sarandon!) or if you're into lighter fair Les Parapluies de Cherbourg or Les Demoiselles de Rochefort.