We’re not going to try and deny our total adoration for Brigitte Bardot - she’s a Glasshouse muse in every way and it’s impossible to get bored of her bombshell looks and playful sense of style. Bardot is no stranger to cropping up on every Tumblr and moodboard out there, so it’s always great to discover one of her more under the radar films where she’s looking equally as iconic. Two Weeks in September (or A Coeur Joie) is a French film from 1967 starring Bardot at her best and most coquettish.
Cast as Cecile, a French fashion model married to an older Englishman, Bardot plays the love-torn siren who falls for Vincent, a younger man during (you guessed it) two weeks in September. Feeling content with her comfortable married life, Vincent’s youth and spontaneity stir some forgotten passions in Cecile she thought she’d left behind. Cue a typically French complex love story with plenty of steamy scenes and two very enamoured male leads…
This was Bardot’s first English speaking film and also the first time we see her ditch the blonde (if only momentarily) in favour of a marshmallow pink wig and a matching fluffy dressing gown. This look is up there as one of our favourite candy coloured hairstyles - it’s just the right side of dusky rose to keep it looking subtle and understated.
All great two week movie love affairs feature a little by-the-sea frolicking and Bardot still manages to look stylish in a grey knit and belted suede trousers, atop her French lover’s shoulders. Here at Glasshouse we’re mainly eyeing up her blonde bedroom hair - back to it’s quintessential Bardot-ness and full of seaside volume.
With probably one of the most imitated hairdo’s of all time, it’s easy to see why the Bardot is a salon favourite. It’s seductiveness lies in its unkempt nature - not over-styled or over-brushed and with a little lift in the roots to create the archetypal 1960’s bombshell. Long layers and a parted, eyelash-brushing fringe keep it girlish and always versatile - some of our favourite Bardot looks are pigtailed, plaited or piled up high.
By the time Two Weeks in September had been released, Bardot was on her third marriage to a German millionaire playboy and was taking on parts that steered away from her usual lightweight films and role as an ingenue. Representing the epitome of post-war female liberation, her carefree spirit and sexuality are what make her so compelling on screen, and this film is no exception.
Whether she’s wearing it baby pink and bobbed or her signature textured blonde, Brigitte Bardot is the queen of the ’do and this French film is perfect curling up on the sofa winter watching.
Words: Lucy Vincent