Audrey, why she still is, and always will be, our Go to Girl.
We’ve seen the quote “ In a world full of Kardashians, be an Audrey”, so what is our fascination with Audrey Hepburn, a woman predominantly remembered for movies in the 1950’s, and who died over 20 years ago, long before this generation of fashionistas knew the difference between Givenchy and Isaac Mizrahi.
Simply put, Audrey Hepburn is the epitome of simplicity, style and grace.
Her minimalistic wardrobe scorned quantity, in favour of quality pieces such as the beautiful Givenchy’s LBD (Little Black Dress) worn in “Breakfast at Tiffanys”, Edith Head jeans teamed with a black turtleneck jumper and flats, or those stunning oversized Oliver Goldsmith sunglasses she wore with such fabulousness.
And don’t we still love to have that little black dress that is perfect for any occasion and can be dressed up or down to suit, a pair of jeans that make our legs and bottom look amazing, and the big gorgeous glasses that make us feel mysterious, exotic and so jetset.
Yet, Audrey was not just all about the fashion, the style, the talent or those who loved her – she was a woman with an incredible life story of adventure, danger and dance. She grew up in Brussels, and later in England and Holland where she was a courier for the Dutch Resistance during World War 2. Later she moved to England where she studied ballet and was a chorus girl in a few London West End productions before starring in 1951 in the Broadway play “Gigi.”
GiGi… wow, what a connection this girl already had with Glamour.
Audrey then went on to make iconic movies such as “Roman Holiday”, “Breakfast at Tiffanys” and “My Fair Lady”, winning along the way an Academy Award, a Golden Globe and a BAFTA award.
So far we have a woman who is brave, committed, intelligent, talented, hard working, and successful … not unlike many of the #girlbosses we know.
Now add in the humanitarian work she did in later life with UNICEF, working in some of the poorest countries in the world, and she really does epitomise everything so many of us strive to be – stylish and successful, classy and sexy, dignified and breathtaking, beautiful, and also capable of making the world a better place.
Perhaps the words of American film critic Rex Reed sum up how we feel with regard to Audrey Hepburn … “in a cruel and imperfect world, she was living proof that God could still create perfection” … and as Holly GoLightly herself may have said if reading this blog … “A girl can’t read that sort of thing without her lipstick” xxx