Some people are just born cool, and they don’t get much cooler than Charlotte Gainsbourg. In fact, at the moment when she was conceived, she was probably already cooler than you and I. Of course, she had the major advantage of being conceived by the musical genius Serge Gainsbourg and the ridiculously gorgeous actress/singer Jane Birkin, the coolest couple of the 1960s bar none. Her little sister is the stunning model/actress and face of Vanessa Bruno, Lou Doillon.

Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin in the late 1960s.

If you are unfamiliar with Charlotte Gainsbourg, you may have just lost your style cred. She has been a muse of Nicolas Ghesquière and the face of Balenciaga for years. Like her mother, Charlotte inspires others to create iconic works, securing her place as a bona fide style icon.

Charlotte as the face of Balenciaga’s Paris.

Far from a glitzy Hollywood star, Charlotte is a natural beauty that possesses the kind of ease and elegance that is only possible of someone that is extremely comfortable in their own skin. She is boyish and yet so feminine at the same time (this is very hard to pull off, trust me). She looks just as chic in a pair of jeans and cowboy boots as she does in Balenciaga and Chanel. Often wearing little to no makeup, it’s not that she doesn’t care about her appearance, it’s that she is that confident. Well, I would be too if I had groundbreaking film directors like Alejandro González Iñárritu and Michel Gondry and legendary musicians like Jarvis Cocker and Beck wanting to work with me while I inspired Balenciaga’s new collection and had a long time boyfriend and two beautiful children waiting for me at home. If Balenciaga’s new perfume somehow figured out how to bottle her particular brand of insouciance, I’m buying it!

In cowboy boots, jeans and a blazer hanging out in Paris.
In wide-leg jeans and a white blouse.

At the Cannes Film Festival in black skinny pants, polka dot blouse, cream blazer and Balenciaga shoes.

At Chanel Couture (1st row of course) in Balenciaga Grey Raccoon Fur Coat, skinny-slouchy Notify jeans and cowboy boots.

In Balenciaga top and wide-leg black pants.

In Chanel Couture.

In Balenciaga arriving at the Giorgio Armani Couture show.
In Balenciaga with boyfriend Yvan Attal.

In Balenciaga with boyfriend Yvan Attal arriving at the Cannes Film Festival.

In Balenciaga with Nicolas Ghesquière at the MET ball.

In Balenciaga with boyfriend Yvan Attal.