Some people have an indistinguishable quality that simply makes them cool, and French style queen and it-girl Jeanne Damas is one such person. With a simple-but-effective wardrobe of staples, plus that natural look balayage and softly waved cut, she’s a real contemporary Glasshouse muse.
Bringing us hair, beauty and fashion inspiration all the way from gay Paree, Jeanne first came to our attention via Instagram as a blogger, where her effortless style and social media savvy have helped her to amass over 250,000 followers. And for good reason: her feed is a casually curated selection of snapshots of life in one of Europe’s most glamorous cities, as well as acting as style inspiration that is actually accessible.
We’re especially enamoured by her ability to make basics look great: in the context of Jeanne’s Instagram feed, a white t-shirt and jeans becomes cooler than even the most sought after haute couture.
These days, though she’s still a dedicated Instagrammer, Jeanne has outgrown her blogging roots. She is now both a model and the founder of Rouje, her newly launched clothing line. Rouje takes all of the best parts of the style which made her such an enviable social media follow at a less than wallet-busting price point, and we think she’s onto a winner.
Liquid loose blouses come together with sturdy, well-fitting denim and cute slogan tees, bringing masculine and feminine shapes together for a new take on classic French androgyny. The whole collection feels endowed with Jeanne’s innate cool, and its popularity so far is a testament to the power of her personal style.
And then, of course, there’s the hair. What we love about her easy ’do is its similarity to what we do best at Glasshouse. Jeanne’s shoulder-brushing cut ticks lots of our most requested boxes: her blunt cut, centre-parted fringe and subtle, glossy balayage is a style we’re very familiar with, and it’s the sort of thing we do daily here in the salon.
This style is perfect for on-the-go women like Jeanne precisely because it requires so little effort and upkeep. In terms of colour, balayage is ideal for those who find it difficult to make it to the salon, simply because it takes on a life of its own and grows out so flatteringly and naturally. Cut-wise, all it needs is a fringe trim every four to six weeks to keep it looking as fresh as a Parisian daisy.
So if you’re in need of some decidedly accessible hair and style inspiration, we’d direct you towards the lovely Ms. Damas. Though her lifestyle is enviable, her style is very much achievable, and that’s why we’re musing over her right now.
Words: Lauren O’Neill
Cover image: Rouje