Style Icon: AUDREY HEPBURN

How could we ever forget the image on the Breakfast at Tiffany’s poster of Audrey Hepburn in that LBD from Givenchy?  One of the most iconic moments in fashion and film history ever!  Her style in the film was just impeccable and still relevant today: that Givenchy LBD?  It sold for just under a million dollars back in 2006!  Her partnership with Hubert de Givenchy was truly a match made in fashion & style heaven.

Audrey Hepburn kept it simple and had a very elegant appearance.  She loved clean lines and clothes that emphasised her slim, boyish figure.  She was not one for the overly sexual seductress look unlike other starlets of her time such as Marilyn Monroe, instead keeping her look minimal and very French Chic.

Her signature look consisted of Capri pants, men’s shirts, Breton tops, turtlenecks, and accessorized with a classic handbag, silk scarf, pearls and of course – those oversized sunglasses.  Her feet were practically glued to ballet flats which she wore with everything and she loved a smart trenchcoat (think of the beige trenchcoat she wore at the end of Breakfast at Tiffany’s = major lust). 

She was the timeless icon of the 50s and 60s with her combination of glamour, grace and sophistication and true effortless look.  There wouldn’t be one fashionista today who wouldn’t cite her as one of their fashion heroines with her boyish frame, original look, and even her daring pixie hair cut which is currently a hair trend this A/W.

Speaking to US chat show host Barbara Walters in 1989 Audrey had this to say about her style: “My look is attainable.  Women can look like Audrey Hepburn by flipping out their hair, buying the large glasses and the little sleeveless dresses”.  So there it is right there ladies, style in a nutshell.

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