We’ve mentioned that one of our editors was almost named for this 1954 classic, but we’re amazed that we’ve only featured Sabrina one time over the last year, when nearly every look in this film could be walked down a runway! Here is our idol, Audrey Hepburn, playing the title character, with the object of her affection, William Holden as David Larrabee. Sabrina is the daughter of the Larrabees’ chauffeur on Long Island. After studying culinary arts in Paris (and becoming a woman along the way), Sabrina returns to New York barely unrecognizable to her childhood crush. David invites her to a party at his home, and she sports this stunning strapless black and white gown with long white gloves and black pumps. The column dress has a detachable overskirt with an underlay of black tulle, and was hand-embroidered with silk thread and jet beads. Hubert de Givenchy personally created most of the outfits for Hepburn, yet Edith Head went on to receive the Academy Award for Best Costume Design (which was not without controversy, since Givenchy did not receive due credit for his spectacular work. Although Givenchy has been the one forever associated with the gorgeous wardrobe in the film.) Fun Fact: The relationship that developed between Hepburn and Givenchy on the set of Sabrina resulted in a lifelong friendship, and Audrey became the French designer’s muse! This work of art has to be one of our favorite fashion moments in history, and the perfect “Fancy Friday” tribute to romance this February.
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Orange has to be this editor’s least favorite color, although this is the only pumpkin spice I’m interested in this season! (Okay, this and Blue Point Pumpkin Ale…) When Holly Golightly and Paul Varjak go out and about in Manhattan, she chooses to wear a beautiful double-breasted burnt orange wool coat, mink hat, dark pumps and, of course, big sunglasses! The coat, designed by Hubert de Givenchy, had a tie at the back and 7/8 kimono sleeves, which was widely copied after this film. This outfit is what Holly is wearing when Paul finally kisses her for the first time in their apartment building’s stairwell, after scaring some pedestrians in some silly masks (pictured, below). It’s no surprise the couple kisses when they remove the costumes and reveal their true selves…
Breakfast at Tiffany’s may have made the little black dress internationally famous, but Holly Golightly’s little pink dress is also quite adorable! Designed by Hubert de Givenchy (like the rest of Audrey’s beautiful clothes in this film), this sleeveless cocktail dress is accented by its cute bow at the waist and highlighted by its matching coat and sparking tiara! This frock sold for a whopping $192,000 in 2007 when it went to auction at Christie’s! Although this outfit certainly looks like lots of fun, it’s unfortunately the dress Holly has on when she finds out that her brother has died. Man, if you take out the pretty clothes in this movie, it might be one of the most depressing films ever made! Fun Fact: When our editors were little girls, they received the limited edition Barbie dolls created to look like Ms. Audrey Hepburn in this particular costume (pictured, bottom left), but one of them just couldn’t keep her in the box… toys are meant to be played with! And although Holly immediately lost all monetary value when she was freed from her plastic cage, at least she’ll forever remain in this editor’s heart as the prettiest Barbie doll she’s ever had!
In this iconic picture of our “Tuesday Twosome,” Audrey is wearing the dress that made the LBD (“little black dress”) famous. Here, she pairs her knee-length, sleeveless silhouette with her usual oversized sunglasses, black gloves, and matching hat with a soft, camel colored sash around the top. George Peppard looks smart and meticulous in his fitted wool blazer, white oxford, cranberry tie, and camel-colored sweater vest that matches Audrey’s sash. The two look put-together, and complement one another beautifully (better than they realize at this point in the movie). Audrey’s dress was designed by Hubert de Givenchy and chosen by the film’s costume designer, Edith Head. As a struggling call girl, you see Holly reuse this dress later in the film. This outfit not only made the LBD famous, but forever associated big black sunglasses and large brimmed hats with Audrey’s eponymous style. It’s also the costume Audrey has on in one of the most famous photos of her ever taken (pictured, left). This scene gave birth to appropriate cocktail attire everywhere, making it one of the most revered outfits in motion picture history!
Yaya Dacosta, the beautiful multicultural actress, was somehow a runner-up on America’s Next Top Model. The West African, Brazilian, Irish and Cherokee girl made an interesting career choice by playing Mark Ruffalo’s casual girlfriend in The Kids Are All Right. Here, at the premiere of the film, she wore a gorgeous black and white Givenchy tuxedo vest and matching skirt from their Spring 2010 Collection, and white peep-toe pumps. How the hell did she come in second place?!
One of our editors was nearly named Sabrina, due to her parents’ fondness for this 1954 flick. Sabrina is the story of the title character played by Audrey Hepburn, and our choice for the start of the summer’s “Look-of-the-Day.” Sabrina is the daughter of a chauffeur caught between the love and lust of two brothers. Here, Hepburn epitomizes Long Island preppiness wearing white shorts, bare feet and a relaxed plaid shirt while sailing the Long Island Sound. With Edith Head and Hubert de Givenchy costuming the film, it’s no surprise that even Sabrina’s downtime digs are still divine!
“I love her. And true love lasts a lifetime,” Emma Thompson tells her husband when describing her admiration for Joni Mitchell in the 2003 film Love Actually. We were trying to come up with a quote that sums how we feel about Rachel McAdams, and that was it. We have loved her since she played mean girl “Regina George,” and every subsequent role she has filled since. (No, really. Our editors each currently own seven of the nine theatrically released films Rachel has made since 2004. State of Play and Sherlock Holmes are missing, but they will be purchased shortly.) In her latest film, Morning Glory, she plays Becky Fuller, a hardworking TV morning show producer. Here, Becky is donning a nude silk halter dress, a Givenchy Medium Eclipse Hobo handbag with a bright blue scarf tied to it, a soft white shrug, and bubblegum pink stilettos. We’ve already informed you how much we hate nude on the red carpet, but Rachel is just so freaking cute, she can pull anything off. (Plus, she’s wearing it in the daytime, which makes more sense). Becky is supposed to be on an interview in this outfit, which is completely ridiculous – you would never, ever show up to a job interview in pink, nude, a sundress or a shrug (more on that later…), but it is certainly the perfect outfit for a Spring weekend outing. Becky’s colorful accessories also happen to be shades of the flower “morning glory,” which is truly the best metaphor for Rachel: a bright, blossoming beauty.