Audrey Hepburn was arguably one of the biggest celebrities of Hollywood’s golden age and a fashion glamor icon. What would have been her 85th birthday was celebrated by Google this week in a “Doodle” of the actress on May 4.
Hepburn is considered to be a legend of her time, especially in the history of American cinema. Also, she has found her way into the International Best-Dressed List Hall of Fame.
British actress Hepburn died on January 20, 1993, of cancer, but not before she left her graceful mark on cinematic history with films such as Breakfast at Tiffany’s and My Fair Lady.
In Breakfast at Tiffany’s, the actress showed us that real fashion is classic and simple, and the most important accessory any woman can have is her femininity and attitude.
Besides her silver screen roles, Hepburn also played the role of a muse to French fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy, who worked with her since the 1954 movie Sabrina.
Givenchy even created a perfume for Hepburn called L’interdit, or “forbidden” in French.
Additionally, Givenchy designed most of her outfits worn in the movies Funny Face, Love in the Afternoon and Paris it Sizzles.
Hepburn was also the poster child of Italian shoe designer Salvatore Ferragamo and had close ties with design houses such as Ralph Lauren Polo and Louis Vuitton. In 1965, she requested that Louis Vuitton make a smaller version of their trademark “Speedy” bag especially for her.
The iconic Little Black DressBut, no outfit is as memorable as Hepburn’s Little Black Dress in Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
A modern-day fancy dress party staple, the actual dress worn by Hepburn in the movie, and designed by Givenchy, was sold at a Christie’s auction in 2006 for $792,604. The winning bid was made by an anonymous telephone bidder and proceeds from the sale went to the City of Joy Aid charity, which was set up by French author Dominique Lapierre.
To get the Audrey Hepburn look- timeless elegance and chic sophistication with that shy, unassuming, air that only Hepburn had – there are a few key pieces that must find their way into your closet.
Those must have pieces are:
• LBD- the Little black dress
• A layered pearl necklace a la Breakfast at Tiffany’s
• Large colored sunglasses, to keep the air of mystery
• Cropped pants
• Flat ballerina slippers
• A stylish trench coat for the winter
• A crisp white shirt
• And lastly, any elegant fashionista must own a statement scarf
But most important of all, according to Hepburn herself, is a person’s “true beauty, “ something that cannot be bought in a shopping mall.
“The beauty of a woman,” Hepburn is quoted as saying, “is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman is seen in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides. True beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It's the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows & the beauty of a woman only grows with passing years.”
By Hadia Sinno. With thanks to Al Arabiya News
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