Compared with most leading ladies of the late 1950s and early 1960s, Jean Seberg had an altogether more tomboyish appeal. With her short hair and pared back style—check her out in Jean-Luc Godard’s classic of the French New Wave, Breathless—she still seems modern and relevant.
We’re not alone in our Seberg-mania: Nima Taherzadeh, an Iranian-born, Manhattan-based designer who’s made a name for himself with his polished dresses and jackets (his senior thesis collection was snapped up by Saks Fifth Avenue just months after he'd graduated from Parsons in 2006), says this Bow Sleeve Coat, though made entirely in New York City, was inspired by the Iowa-born actress. “Her tomboyish attitude still feels fresh,” he says. “I wanted to create something easy, chic and practical.”
We’re imagining Seberg tossing this stunning snap-front navy wool topper on over the New York Herald Tribune t-shirt she wore in Breathless—she played an aspiring journalist expat who sold the Trib on the streets of Paris when she wasn’t hanging out with Jean-Paul Belmondo—but it would look equally good over a cocktail dress for Friday evening drinks or a long stripey top for brunch the next morning. The three-quarter length is universally flattering, the stand collar can be worn up or down, and the elbow-length sleeves, which you can either knot or tie in a bow, add a sophisticated—and dare we say, Gallic—flourish. Now all we have to do is arrange a trip to Paris… An AHAlife exclusive.
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