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Audrey Hepburn: Portraits Of An Icon

Audrey Hepburn: Portraits Of An Icon

It sounds a little cliché, a fashion blogger who loves Audrey Hepburn, but come on, no-one can deny that she is an icon, whether that’s of fashion or movies, and I love that she is the focus of a new photography exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in London, ‘Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon’

The exhibition, which runs until October 18, features more than 70 images, exploring her early years, her dance career, her celebrated film career, those iconic fashion editorials and campaigns, as well as her humanitarian work. It really is her life story captured beautifully by some of the best photographers, including some of my favourites, from the likes of Richard Avedon, Cecil Beaton, Irving Penn, and Norman Parkinson. The exhibit even features her last major photo shoot taken by Steven Meisel in 1991, which is one of my favourites of the movie star.

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Andrey Hepburn In Paris When It Sizzles

Andrey Hepburn In Paris When It Sizzles

I have a love for old movies, I love the innocence, the storytelling, and most of all the beauty of the costumes. I promised at the start of the year more of these fashion pieces, it hasn’t quite panned out as I have planned, but I have a great one today discussing Audrey Hepburn’s incredible costumes from her movie, Paris When It Sizzles from 1964.

The movie itself isn’t a classic, it was actually panned when it came out, the story can be quite hard to follow and the chemistry doesn’t seem quite there between Hepburn’s character Gabrielle Simpson and William Holden as Richard Benson, but it’s in Paris, who doesn’t love to see the Eiffel Tower. 

For me what makes this movie stand out is its fashion as Hepburn got her good friend Hubert de Givenchy to create all of her looks, and he didn’t stop at just her outfits as he also made her an exclusive fragrance, which she insisted he also be recognised for in the credits, when you watch keep going until the end if you don’t believe me.

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Movie Marathon: Top 5 Fashion Films


This week I was treated to a screening of one of my favourite films Breakfast at Tiffany’s starring the uber-stylish Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golighty by the Millennium Hotel in Mayfair and it got me thinking about what other stylish films I love to watch. There are a lot in my collection so narrowing down to five was hard, but here they are – do you agree?

1. The September Issue

With New York Fashion Week taking place at the moment and the fashion train coming to London on Friday, one of my favourite films that gives a great insight into the world of fashion has to be The September Issue. If you haven’t seen it and want to know what it takes to make a magazine, a look into how Anna Wintour works, and see Grace Coddington in action then this is the fashion film for you. Each time I watch I see/learn something different.

2. Breakfast at Tiffany’s

I think Holly Golighty has to be the original party girl and Audrey Hepburn plays her with such style and elegance and I love her oversized sunnies, the hats, and the tailored dresses. Plus George Peppard isn’t bad to look at!!! I love the idea of doing a day of firsts, playing Moon River on repeat, and I totally agree looking into Tiffany’s windows calms me right down as well. An iconic movie that never gets old, each time I see I love it a little more.

3. How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days

I couldn’t have my top five fashion films without including this Kate Hudson romantic comedy with the hunky Matthew McConaughey. Just for her incredible yellow gown at the end, paired with the gorgeous Isadora diamond it is a stylish must-see flick. But it is more than that, I also love her backless grey dress that she wears to the bar and her laid-back causal jeans and vest on the motorbike, basically this film just makes me love Kate Hudson even more. Can you imagine Gwyneth Paltrow as Andie? Apparently she was down to play the lead – I just don’t think the film would have been the same.

4. Sex and the City

Fashion and SATC goes hand-in-hand and I couldn’t do a fashionable movie marathon without including New York’s most stylish ladies – Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda. I loved the series, I had/have an obsession on Sarah Jessica Parker and her character Carrie, everything from her signature necklace, her love of shoes and her boy troubles and this big screen version cheers me right up. Plus you have to watch just to see Carrie in that gorgeous Vivienne Westwood wedding gown!!!

5. The Devil Wears Prada

Not only do I love this film because it is supposedly based on Lauren Weisberger’s real life while she was at Vogue, but it was Anne Hathaway’s breakaway film from the Princess Diaries, oh and I do love a transformation film. Plus this film is packed full of fashionable looks, from Andy’s Chanel blazer, that distressed studded bag, the hats, oh and that black John Galliano dress. Oh and I do love any film that includes shots of Paris.


There were a lot of films I had to leave out like Clueless, Some Like It Hot, Almost Famous – a classic Kate Hudson film, Coco Before Chanel, and another Audrey Hepburn classic, Funny Face.

What are you favourite go-to fashion flicks?


Film Style: Audrey Hepburn In Charade

I know Breakfast at Tiffany’s is probably everyone’s favourite Audrey Hepburn film, but for me it has to be the comic thriller Charade from 1963. Not only does it have Cary Grant (the only film he did with Audrey), it is also set in Paris, and it has the most wonderful selection of autumnal style.

Audrey is always very chic but in Charade each style is dreamy, and with great emphasis on simple streamlined tailored coats, which I completely adore. One of Reggie’s (Audrey’s character) first looks is this grey-beige wool Givenchy coat. I love its 60s chic with the large button and collared detailing, and the matching hat is simply divine.

I loved for her scene following Cary Grant’s character that Audrey turned to the classic trench coat, very stereotypical private eye attire; I love her chic approach to it with leather gloves and a head scarf.

Underneath that trench coach is another Givenchy piece this time a stunning white wool dress, with a bateau neckline and a black waistband. I love this dress so much.

For her stroll along the River Seine, oh how it reminds me of when I was in Paris this time last year, I love her red two-piece and that gorgeous white Pill Box Hat. I am not sure if many people could pull this look off but I think she looks adorable.

My favourite outfit happens to be another Givenchy design, for the famous chase scene through Paris Metro and the Palais Royale, Audrey is seen in this gorgeous mustard knee-length coat with large fabric covered buttons in contrasting black. I love how it is teamed perfectly with black accessories for ultimate chic! It also has a matching dress underneath, which can be seen in the official poster at the top.

Her final look of the film is this exquisite navy suit teamed with black shoes and handbag, and the white Pill Box hat from before and white gloves. Perfect look to end such a fashionable film.

This film really is sixties style at its very best, I love all the ladylike handbags, the gorgeous big sunglasses, the chic tailoring, and most of all the simplicity of each look.