If Sofia Coppola had nothing going for her except her mysterious brown eyes, her impeccable wardrobe of modestly cut shift dresses which play up her natural elegance, her shimmering golden brown bob that flips perfectly up toward the heavens …uhh, needless to say, we’d still have a major girl crush on her! But, of course, the 40-year-old is not only a full on beauty. She is also an award-winning director of such films as Lost in Translation and Somewhere, a versatile actress, a mesmerizing model, a fashion designer, a soon-to-be wife of a rock star (Thomas Mars of Phoenix—how cool is she?) and a member of a very powerful family tree.
Although Coppola is most noted for her cinematic works, her fashion resume deserves some kind of trophy for the mantel in her Paris apartment. At the ripe age of fifteen, a time when many of us were wearing strict uniforms of Abercrombie and Hollister, Coppola was all haute couture, rubbing elbows with Karl Lagerfeld as an intern at Chanel. By 1994 she was churning out ultra-kawaii clothes through her Japanese fashion line, Milkfed. Coppola kicked off the new millennium as Marc Jacobs’ fragrance muse and arm candy to the Met Gala twice. In 2008, she brought us into the whimsical pastel world of Miss Dior Cherie in her 45 second Parisian and pastry-filled commercial for the perfume. That same year we were finally able to cop a little Coppola for ourselves through her shoe and bag collaboration with Louis Vuitton, for whom she modeled alongside her father, Francis Ford Coppola, in the Core Values campaign. Her collection sold so well that she whipped up another last year.
Although Coppola’s personal style is neither as freshly feminine as the gals of The Virgin Suicides nor gorgeously garish as the ladies of Marie Antoinette, we’re fine with art diverging from life. Her style is minimalist, yet never bland, sultry, yet always modest, and undeniably Parisian, yet she was born in New York!
GET THE LOOK
Years of waking up in Paris have majorly influenced Coppola’s style. To get that “I just rolled out of my daybed for a café au lait from around the corner” look, keep the number of items you wear to a minimum.
Try throwing on a button down dress with a modest hemline and one simple, yet memorable accessory like a chunky bangle.
REDHAIREDDESIGNER looks effortlessly chic in her button down dress and classic hat.
Oh, and don’t forget: it’s okay to reach for some menswear when getting out of that daybed. A crisp white blouse in a relaxed fit gets a kiss of femininity when you swap out a tie for a skinny black ribbon like AMANDANA did. Add some dark skinnies and you’re totally Coppola-worthy.
A fitted dress in a classic pattern is sexy and fuss-free. Resist the urge to add a blazer, belt or any kind of bling that will distract from the print. ARIANAALEXIS nails the look by keeping her accessories to a minimum.
No Coppola film is complete without a little drama- the same goes for her outfits. Let a serious sweeping black maxi skirt get some comic relief from a baggy tee to create a quintessential Coppola look. GOLESTANEH’s maxi-tank-floppy hat combo would certainly be Coppola approved!
Are you crazy for Coppola? Let us know in the comments!
by Missy Steinberg
Main Image via Sebastian Kim for Interview