14/08/2014 16:34 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

Vintage Portfolio: Jane Birkin

It's no wonder Alexa Chung loves Jane Birkin so much. As the original It girl and Sixties style muse, Birkin has provided fashion and beauty inspiration for many of today's bright young things, Alexa included.

Why? From her fringe to the gap in her teeth, the British actress made a name for herself as the queen of effortlessly cool (as well as being Serge Gainsbourg's other half). In fact - it was this coolness that encouraged Hermes to name their now infamous bag after her.


Her Sixties style is still referenced on the catwalk today and it just so happens that "Jane Birkin doe eye" is set to be a big beauty trend for Spring/Summer 2014.

Here's why Birkin will forever be one of our greatest style icons: