Shirt Stories: Charlotte Rampling

Charlotte Rampling 

You always notice the person wearing a great shirt. A classic that, for me, holds just as much appeal as a perfect pair of jeans. Shirt Stories is about others who feel the same, women and men, and who wear it well.

In cuffed shirt and flared jeans, classic watch, looking content and at ease, with a cool tomboy attitude – this is style all right. This is Charlotte Rampling, after all, a woman who has true gifts in the style area. One who doesn’t like to show off, but who, nevertheless, draws the best kind of attention through subdued elegance. This could very easily be her summer uniform. She could undoubtedly make it work anywhere. “There is something anonymous about a uniform,” she was saying in an interview some years ago. I think a uniform also gives you the freedom of being yourself.

But what really makes this photo above is the little one, Charlotte Rampling’s son – in his swimming shorts, with ice cream in hand, that great hair cut (that resembles my son’s pretty well – he has a lot of hair for his age) and that air of “this summer I do what I please” – and the contrast with his mother’s buttoned-down, but still effortless (she could very well be wearing heels and stills appear relaxed), look. Don’t they both look rebellious?
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photos: AGIP – Rue des Archives/The Granger Collection, 1976

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