“Life’s way too beautiful and fascinating to spend time on fashion rules”
Clemence Poesy is my fourth Celebrity Style Guru and she spoke these ominous words. But, its true. She is incredibly beautiful and her style fascinating because she BREAKS all the rules!
I once heard her described as “French-Girl Chic” and thought it fitted her style perfectly. Her style is easy and breezy with some added French funk. Since she first appeared in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, people have been intrigued by this young lady’s elegant appearance and quirky fashion sense.
Clemence was born in a suburb of Paris in 1982. Her father is a writer and director and was the first person to cast Clemence when she was just a child. She soon took her Mother’s maiden name as her stage name and headed into the acting world, studying drama at CNSAD, the Atelier International de Blanche Salant et Paul Weaver, and the University of Nanterre.
Clemence attended a bilingual school during her adolescence. This helped her a lot in 2004 where she took her first English speaking roll in a BBC period drama as Mary Queen of Scots. This roll earned her the award of Golden FIPA for actress in a TV series. From then on she was a hot name staring in the Potter movies, In Bruges, 127 Hours, and most recently Heartless with Jim Sturgess.
“I am interested in costume. Clothes in your daily life are important: your choices say something about you, even if what they're saying is about non-choice. And what you wear in a film is crucial. A film is a great deal about what you see, and the silhouette of a character tells you a lot. I'd love to go into film costume.”
As well as acting Clemence is a model... for obvious reasons. Facing the Chloe by Chloe fragrance advertisements. She was also in Gap’s 2008 campaign. Appearing on countless French magazine covers as well as Nylon, and Australia’s Yen magazine. But, Clemence wasn’t always the beauty. Clemence admits herself that in school she was not popular, but in fact considered *a bit strange*!!
Harriet Quick, (Fashion features director of Vogue)
“She's got that very French mix of prettiness and charm, there is a sense of knowing about her. She's not buttoned-up, seems easy in her skin, dresses with wit and has real style. Designers adore her.”
Compared to Jane Birkin Clemence doesn’t seem to realize the power of her style. After being given the Chloe ad. Campaign she reportedly said, “They asked me right before I was about to start shooting In Bruges, and I thought, 'How funny to do a campaign with Chloé when I am playing Chloë in a film.” Coquettish she is NOT! But, what I love is that Clemence doesn’t shy away from hard work. She is a real person, with a real family, and real morals.
“I worked at it. I believe you have to make things happen. That thing [she puts on a little-girl voice], ''Oh, I just did an audition and I didn't want to get it but I just got chosen." I don't buy that. No. You have to want to get it.” Clemence Posey.
Clemence says that her beauty regime consists of “sleeping, good meals and trying to stay away from cigarettes”.
As for being grounded. Her family is a main reason for intellect and ability to stay ‘normal’ in the show biz. “Seriously, we’ve always shared more books, songs, films, or plays than fashion advice”.
Much like Sabrina (style guru candidate 4) fashion for Clemence is just another form of expression that she is happy to share. Her boho grunge is just a reflection of her intellectual style inspired by her teaching mother and writing father.