Twenty two years after her death, Audrey Hepburn undoubtedly still remains a true style inspiration, exuding the elegance and glamour of Hollywood’s Golden Age. She is, of course, an extremely inspirational woman in her own right, starring in Funny Face, Breakfast at Tiffany’s and My Fair Lady, and winning three BAFTAs and two Academy Awards. The American Film Institute ranks Hepburn as the third greatest female screen legend in the history of American cinema. From 1954, she worked with UNICEF, later being appointed its Goodwill Ambassador. In celebration of her birthday yesterday, this week’s Trend Tuesday looks at what we love most about her style.
Black and White
Hepburn favoured clean-cut garments in black, white and neutral tones. A certain black dress worn by Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, accessorised with strings of pearls and elbow length silk gloves, became an icon in itself. In contrast, her much more casual all-black outfit in Funny Face was perhaps the perfect embodiment of women’s Beatnik style: black turtlenecks, straight cut cigarette pants, finished off with a pair of decorated black flats. Cigarette pants were a staple item in Hepburn’s wardrobe, and we love the way she paired them with crisp white blouses tied at the waist.
Hepburn showed that a dash of coloured lipstick or an elegantly coiffed ‘hive are perfect ways of dressing up stripes. Though her earlier style had a much more playful feel, it still consisted of classic pieces- we love her contrasting purple and orange striped capris worn with a good ol’ white shirt. Later, she wore a classic red and white Breton top in the 1957 film, War and Peace.
The Floral Dress
In 1954, Hepburn visited the then up-and-coming designer Hubert de Givenchy while on the search for costumes for her role in Sabrina. Soon after, she had it written into her contracts that her film costumes were to be solely designed by him (and with Givenchy creating such beautiful frocks, we certainly don’t blame her). She wore a delicate white lace number, belted at the waist, to pick up an Academy Award in 1954, while the gentle floral design and orange tones of her dress in Funny Face made it a perfect item of summer wear. Recreate the look in our beautifully patterned Nalani dress, available here.
Words by Anam Rahim