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  • Emmanuelle Seigner saunters into a deluxe and busy Parisian hotel and is instantly the coolest woman in the room. And not just because the French model-turned-actress has arrived toute seule, without entourage, or even because she is ten minutes early.

    "It's too complicated," she decides of the dining area, as she assesses the room. "It's too busy." And here's the thing. Seigner doesn't like fuss. Not around her. And not, indeed, anywhere on her person. She is barely made-up, and is underdressed-to-kill in Nike high-tops, Hudson jeans and a raggedy, cut-off hoodie. "This is old stuff," she shrugs in fluent, but heavily accented English, tugging

    “I guess I'm BOYISH. I dress for comfort. I'm not FEMININE in that way. I'm not like a DOLL or something”

    at her top. "But I like it. It's comfy. During the day, I never dress up."

    This 47-year-old mother of two is, in plain English, stunning, and a genuine, ageless star: witty, forcefully candid and self-deprecating, but also coolly aware of her own talents. As if being a French movie star isn't enough, more impressive still, Seigner is also a successful singer. She has released two albums and is working on a more rock-leaning third. Preparing for some concerts, she admits we've met here because it is en route to her singing class.

    Ask her to describe her personal style, and this always-in-demand-but-often-not-bothered occasional model, who has starred in campaigns for Tom Ford and Marc Jacobs (and Gap, Uniqlo, Moschino, Céline…) is at a loss. "I don't know," she frowns. "It's hard. I guess I'm more boyish. I dress for comfort. I'm not feminine in that way. I'm not like a doll or something."

    There might be busy interior decor in the room, but there's also an elephant. Seigner's husband is

    Coat and pants by Haider Ackermann; shirt by Jil Sander; shoes by Christian Louboutin

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