Catherine Deneuve attending the 1966 Cannes Film Festival in a festive, striped column gown.

At 75, Catherine Deneuve is a living fashion legend.

The French actress, who will mark her birthday this October 22, is basically the ultimate role model when it comes to always looking classic.

That’s not to say she’s ever been one to shy away from trends, even dipping into the grooviest of ’60s style hallmarks. (Has anyone ever worn a pencil skirt better?) But by and large, her wardrobe has always consisted of items that tend to look as good now as when she first wore them.

Catherine’s breakthrough came with 1968’s Belle de Jour, which established her as an influential fashion icon. Her costumes were designed by Yves Saint Laurent and she famously insisted on wearing Roger Vivier heels, which exploded in popularity after the film released.

Her appearances at the Cannes Film Festival were the epitome of chic in the ’60s and she continues to reign over the red carpets every time she shows up at a high profile event. “People have always thought of me as someone who’s very classical, when in fact I’ve led a rather unconventional life,” Catherine is quoted as saying. Far be it from us to contradict the film and fashion great, but one thing’s certain: Catherine has class. — jas