Catherine Deneuve in ‘Belle de Jour’


We dare you to find a more iconic, inspirational (at least when it comes to designers' collections) chic and sultry babe than Catherine Deneuve in Belle de Jourand we are fully aware that “babe” is really much too light of a word for what she is. Oh, and if you haven’t seen it, really, what are you waiting for? Luis Buñuel’s 1967 surrealist drama knocks 50 Shades of Grey right off your nightstand/Kindle and into the (e-)garbage. (Do Kindles have a “trash”? Report back.)

The film’s plot focuses on Séverine Serizy (Deneuve), a young and beautiful and seemingly together Parisienne bourgeois housewife who has vague, inexplicable intimacy issues with her otherwise perfect husband (a dreamy Jean Sorel). She experiences frequent fantasies involving domination, S&M, and bondageand rather than lope around the streets of Paris in a serious slump of ennui, eventually opts to spend her midweek afternoons (while her husband is at work) as a prostitute in a high-end brothel. As you might guess, it doesn’t end particularly well (though, in some of our opinions, not as badly as it could have)... Anyway, the movie's pretty “don’t try this at home” as far as the plot’s concerned. But still, you need to see it. The clothes! (Mostly done by Yves Saint Laurent, who remained a close friend of Deneuve's for the rest of his life, including prim white collars and enviable knits, perfectly tailored shifts and shirt-dresses, fur-lined leather coats, and double-breasted wool jackets with epaulettes, and always, always the perfect pair of gloves...) The style! Deneuve’s Roger Vivier pilgrim-buckle flats practically relaunched the house. But above all: the beauty! The blonde bouffant and perfect complexion, the subtly pink lip, the abundantly-lashed doe eyes. Deneuve is a sophisticated and sexy 60s dream that you want to be every damn day of your liiiiiiiifffeeeeeeeeee. You see hints of Belle de Jour echoed again and again on runways every single season. EVERY SINGLE SEASON. So, let's get with the olden times (ahem...the late 1960s) and traipse down memory lane in our fur-lined outerwear and perfect coifs.

For the chic uptown-girl bouffant that's been rumpled by a few...strange bedfellows: We’d use Serge Normant's Meta Blonde Reviving Shampoo and Conditioner to amp up any blond you've got. This duo is packed with gold-enhancers that make any existing highlights gleam and might even nurture some new ones, too, and hey, for the record, Deneuve isn't a natural blonde either. Then, rub in some of Oribe's Sculpting Cream to give your hair some added guts before you break out the Velcro rollers. (Starting at the top of the scalp, wrap one-inch sections of hair around rollers and secure with hair clips, continuing in a row pattern to the nape of the neck. Set with some gotta-love-it-because-she-probably-used-it-too L'Oréal Elnett Satin Hold Hairspray, and wait five minutes.) Remove the rollers, tousle your hair, and spray again with the Elnett (you're channeling the '60sit's never 'too much'). A chic black headband is optional. (Effortlessly cool black sunglasses and timeless lingerieNever optional. As in: always.)

For deceptively submissive peach lips to lie to your husband through (and a long, baby-pink manicure with which to affectionately scratch his back): We like Jean Queen by Lipstick Queen, Dior Rouge Lipcolor in Pink Songe and MAC's Ravishing (which is not even to mention Nars' Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Belle de Jour). All are soft, warm pinky-nudes that won't let on that anything's wrong in your psyche, while also flattering the rest of your face. For nails, Tom Ford's Toasted Sugar tends towards the nude sophistiqué, whereas his Pink Crush plays up the ingénue. (Other picks? OPI's Glints of Glinda, Deborah Lippmann's Baby Love and Sally Hansen's Naked Ambition.)

For 'come hither' doe eyes that are alternately innocent and all-knowing:  Cover the eyelid with the taupe shade from the Clé de Peau Eye Color Quad in #14, blending the brown in the crease. Trace along the upper lash line with MAC's Fluidline Gel Liner in Blacktrack, using a Small Angle Brush. For that heavy-lidded, sensual '60s thing, the more you've got going on your eyelashes the better: we recommend coating lashes with either Benefit's They're Real! Mascara or calling in the big guns (i.e., falsies), and going for Shu Uemura's False Eyelashes in Luxe Black, for a thick, serious fringe to later guiltily peek out from under. Make sure to hit up your lower lash line. Then, highlight your cupid's bow, bridge of your nose, and the inner-corners of your eyes with RMS Living Luminzerto play up your more angelic aspects and your best angles (while you may be exercising your worst).

And voilà: the iconic heartbreaker/life-ruiner(?)/living fantasy/everything of cinema. Go have fun out there.

Images from Luis Buñel's Belle de Jour.

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  • pip

    Oh my, Belle de jour is possibly one of my favourite films ever. They certainly don't make them like that anymore. Deneuve was, and still is, truly stunning. Obsessed!

  • Olivia Law

    Could not love this any more xo

  • Charlotte

    Catherine Deneuve is perfect. I love the screenshot! More of these, please!

  • Couteau

    Belle de Jour is apocalipstick. We don't use the word enough.


  • muj

    would LOVE to see deneuve in your top shelf section. she is still so chic and beautiful, a true style and beauty icon that endures

  • Belle Inteligente

    this is soo cool, love her kinda artificial yet innocent look. Why s old stuff so cool?!


  • Twentysomething Creative Type

    So many shared shots but not a single one with Pierre Clementi? He is a god in this film.

  • Meghan

    so many awesome products that i'm now dying to get my hands on , great post.

    xo Meg<3

  • Serkge

    Apparently Aesop's Catherine oil blend is named after her?

  • Gina

    Catherine is gorgeous and brilliant. The Nars' Velvet Matte Lip Pencil has changed my life. It stays on forever and looks great - I have dolce vita. Elnett is a miracle worker and I have recently rediscovered that hot rollers for five minutes + Elnett = perfectly tousled hair. The other magic ingredient? Bumble & Bumble styling creme for touchable, curly (but not prom curls) hair that holds all day.

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  • Lesley O.

    Is is no wonder she has been a Chanel muse... just a stunning woman.

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  • Captive Louise

    Deneuve is the definition of chic. Most starlets nowadays pale in comparison in my opinion.

  • Liza

    I absolutely love this look, it's so classic and pretty but sexy at the same time. I just wish I was a blonde.

  • Professor V

    Classic bombshell with brains. What a combo. Gorgeous!

  • Sandy Linter

    I saw Belle du Jour in real time. I never understood the plot, so I saw it twice! The clothes, the style, Cathrine Deneuve, it is a feast for the eyes.


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L’Oreal Elnett Hairspray
Dior Rouge Dior Lip Color
VELCRO Classic Super Size Plus Rollers
Serge Normant
Serge Normant Meta Blonde Reviving Shampoo
Serge Normant
Serge Normant Meta Blonde Reviving Conditioner
Selima Sun® for J.Crew Belle sunglasses
Roger Vivier
Roger Vivier Woman Rubber bottom leather black buckle flat shoes
Yves Saint Laurent
YVES SAINT LAURENT double breasted coat
Paneled wool-blend shift dress
Black Retro Contrast White Turndown Collar Detail Dress
Tom Ford Beauty
Tom Ford Beauty Nail Lacquer Pink Crush
Eres: Ondee Retro Full Brief LYS
Kiki de Montparnasse
Le Soleil blush crochet lace underwire bra
Cle de Peau Beaute
Cle de Peau Beaute Eye Color Quad
Benefit They’re Real Mascara
MAC 266 Small Angle Brush
shu uemura art of beauty
False Eyelashes Luxe Black
shu uemura art of beauty
Belle de Jour – Criterion Collection

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