We Can't Handle How Cool Jane Birkin Looks in Converse Trainers

The term "style icon" is thrown around all too easily, but in the instance of Jane Birkin, the claim is indisputable. Now 70 years old, both her insouciance and her indelible mark on the fashion industry remains. Young girls still fervently channel her circa 1968 wardrobe, while older women look to her as a beacon of what's possible in your more mature years. Both camps will be delighted to know that, upon being photographed and interviewed by luxury leather-goods brand Smythson, she wore unlaced, scuffed-up Converse sneakers. Oh, to be a grown woman making such laissez-faire fashion choices.

Only a few hours ago did Birkin also meet her modern, self-confessed imitator, Alexa Chung, for an interview at the V&A museum. Chung dedicated her entire weekend to posting archival shots of the English actress and musician, while @janebirkindaily continues to gather a fan club, adding to its 128k-strong following. The world's obsession shall never waver, and with the kind of cool, collected and candid quotes like those below, it will only grow stronger. Keep reading to see Birkin's views on travelling in style, what she buys from Duty-Free and which fashion items she's owned for over 50 years.