Sunday, March 30, 2014

Inspiration: Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's

Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961) was the movie that made Audrey Hepburn a style icon. Givenchy exclusively dressed Audrey Hepburn in this film, creating the iconic LBD (little black dress). Edith Head created the other clothes that Audrey Hepburn's Holly Golightly wore. Most of the clothing made for the film were quite fashion-forward for its time and nothing looks outdated, even compared to today's fashion.

While Chanel had created the LBD in the 1920s, it was not a wardrobe essential until Givenchy designed the dress worn by Audrey Hepburn in the opening of the film. It's a sleeveless sheath floor-length gown and was accessorised with strands of pearls draped around her neck, a tiara on top of her beehive hairdo and dark sunglasses with a design reminiscent of Ray Ban Wayfarers (tortoiseshell frame). Apparently, the sunglasses were Oliver Goldsmith's Manhattan. Don't forget the black opera gloves.

The most distinct part of the design was the cut-out on the back of the dress. The lower half of the dress in the movie was redesigned by Edith Head as it showed considerable amount of leg when Hepburn had it on. It is this gown that epitomised the LBD and it's a style that'll never go out.

Throughout the movie, Holly Golightly is seen in different LBDs. With just a change of accessories, it's possible to make a dress suitable for any occasion. Keep it minimal during the day and if you have to make it a statement, put on one statement piece and you're good to go. A lot of her statement pieces  are very neutral. For night, just add more accessories to glam it up.

To channel your own Holly Golightly, you should pick out an LBD that flatters your body. A shapeless shift dress isn't going to flatter anyone but if you pick out the right details, that shift will look good. If you're an hourglass for example, you'd want to belt it so your curves aren't hidden by the shift. If you've got a small bust, a boat neck will do wonders. Maybe the shift dress isn't for you and you want something more daring with cut-outs? It really is up to you and what flatters you.

Most of Holly Golightly's wardrobe consists of neutrals. Very minimalist and chic.
After the iconic LBD, I'd reckon this beige trench coat was the most memorable. It's a classic today and every Autumn, many brands will release their own rendition of the trench coat. You're not even restricted to beige and black. There's hot pink, navy, orange, green and every colour of the rainbow but if you want it classic, stick with the neutrals.
Holly's not afraid of colour, despite mostly being in neutrals. That double-breasted orange coat with funnel-neck was very popular after the release of the movie. The funnel neck was popular in the 60s and it's one of Givenchy's designs.
She also knows how to liven up a party with a pink cocktail dress.
Edith Head didn't really design many of the key pieces we often think of but she did make this shirt dress, which I thought was great. Holly Golightly sure knows how to sleep in style too. It's probably my favourite set after the introductory black dress.
Of course, never forget the lipstick.
"A girl can't read that sort of thing without her lipstick."

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