- words by Hannah Slapper, styling by Alice Cuffe
There's something about Clémence Poésy. French actresses often have a dreamy ethereal quality that makes them irresistible to men, and enviable to women. However, it's Poésy's absolute calm, her natural, casual nature that makes her stand out from the other women in her industry.
As a young girl, she was raised in a poor area of Paris, attending an alternative school in an incredibly bourgeois area. The mismatch of her home life and school life was emphasised by her parents slightly different attitude. They both pretended to Poésy and her younger sister that the television was perpetually broken, so they instead watched theatre productions or old movies to pass the time. Both her mother and father have had an impact on her career, the former's maiden name was adopted as a more aesthetic alternative to her father's name, Guichard. The latter was an actor himself as Poésy was growing up, and encouraged her dreams to be on the big screen.
Despite being slightly unpopular at school, those slightly different vibes that Poésy gave off impressed her current agent, who managed to get her several auditions. She was just about to break into French films, when she was offered the part of Fleur Delacour in the world-famous Harry Potter series, an opportunity that was impossible to turn down.
Naturally, the world was charmed with her on and off screen persona, and soon she was starring in universally acclaimed productions, such as In Bruges, where she played Colin Farrel's love interest, Chloë, and in 127 Hours, where she played Rana.
When it comes to fashion, Poésy is no stranger. Along with Chloë Sevigny and Anja Rubik, she was a face for the Chloë fragrance. It was a smart brand move, as it totally complimented her understated, relaxed and confident attitude. She has also modelled for Gap and G-Star Raw, and appeared on the covers of i-D magazine, and the French publication, Jalouse.
Her style is a wonderful mix of all parts of her personality. She has all the simplicity and classic choice that seems to come traditionally from French heritage, with the laid back attitude of the '70s, an era she cites as being her favourite in terms of all arts and culture. If you want to channel it, mix rock'n'roll black jeans, leather jackets and bulky boots with statement feminine accessories and a twist of Boho.
1. Chloe, Woven Panama Blazer; £870, motilo.com
2. Cornelia Webb, ‘Polly Me’ Necklace; £120, motilo.com
3. Chloe, The Eventail Suede Clutch; £1,150, motilo.com
4. Francis Leon, Callahan Leather and Linen Gilet; £620, motilo.com
5. Dries Van Noten, Danella Embellished Dress; £990, motilo.com
6. Mother, The Looker Low-rise Skinny Jeans; £205, motilo.com
7. Whistles, Moloko Chelsea Boot; £150, motilo.com
8. 2nd Day, Leather Panel Jacket; £275, motilo.com
9. Ancient Greek Sandals, Iris Leather Thong Sandals; £126, motilo.com
10. Federica Moretti, Royal Navy Wide Brim Trilby; £210, motilo.com