Jean-Paul Belmondo Is An Icon Of Style

Deconstructing the French New Wave actor's look in the latest from our style icons series

Outside France, the truth is, Belmondo's legacy pretty much rests on one film: Jean-Luc Godard's bullet-riddled Breathless (1960).

But what a film, and what a performance, with Belmondo the personification of the Old World's infatuation with the New, his character's Humphrey Bogart fixation — the cigarette, the trilby, the tie, the rumpled nonchalance — expressing all our sophomoric crushes on American pop culture and style, as well as the Nouvelle Vague's obsession with pulp.

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Before starting his acting career, Belmondo was an undefeated amateur boxer, hence the nose.

Are you going to be the one to tell him he can't wear white socks with a Savile Row suit? Thought not.