For the second time in a row, I  have been nominated as one of 10 finalists for best fashion blogger of Singapore. As part of the competition we have been asked to write about our style icons from the sixties. Of course I felt compelled to write about style icons that still inspire me today like Audrey Hepburn, Jackie kennedy and Marilyn Monroe, but they have all been featured on the site before in some way.

Instead I’m highlighting a woman that is alive and well and still a style icon today: Catherine Deneuve.

60s style icon Catherine Deneuve continues to inspire! |

She was listed as one of the fifty best-dressed over 50s by the Guardian in March 2013 and came in at number 12, while previously featured style icons like Helen Mirren took the number 1 spot and Tilda Swinton number 9.

“A woman has to be intelligent, have charm, a sense of humor, and be kind. It’s the same qualities I require from a man.”

Catherine Deneuve  is a french actress, born 22 October 1943 who became famous for her portrayal of aloof and mysterious beauties in films such as Repulsion (1965) and Belle de jour (1967). Deneuve was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress in 1993 for her performance in Indochine.


She had several relationships and had 2 short-lived marriages which may explain her grim outlook on marriage.

“I don’t see any reason for marriage when there is divorce”.

“Love is suffering. One side always loves more.”


She is also very well known as the muse of famous designer Yves Saint Laurent whom she met at the set of  Luis Buñuel’s film, Belle de Jour in 1966. It was the start of a life-long friendship and they had many collaborations together both privately and professionally. The clothes from their first movie collaboration are still iconic today.


“I think the clothes in Belle de Jour are very important to the style of the film. Even today, it is still timeless.”


Today, Catherine Deneuve is still frequently seen at fashion shows of many international designers and at movie premieres. Her most recent film is the musical Les Bien-aimés (2011) co-starring her real-life daughter Chiara Mastroianni.


The 60s remain an intriguing period. Of all the pictures featured I love the clothes from the 60s the best. It must have been such an exciting time to be young.


Still at 69 Catherine Deneuve continues to inspire with her style and grace. I’d love to see her in many more films.


P.S. In order to win the coveted Singapore’s best fashion blogger award, I will need your votes! You will need to register an account with OMY but after that you can vote every day! Thanks!

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60s style icon Catherine Deneuve continues to inspire |

Feature image by Daily Mail


Sylvia is 40+style’s editor-in-chief and has been helping women find their unique style since 2011. An alumni of the School of Color and Design, she is devoted to empowering women of any age to look and feel their best. Read more about Sylvia and 40+style on this page.

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