All week theSkinnyStiletto has been featuring our favorite looks from various movies nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards. Today is the 84th Oscar ceremony and in honor of the film industry, we’re featuring our all-time favorite style icon, Audrey Hepburn, from the only Best Picture she’s appeared in, My Fair Lady. This editor isn’t exactly a fan of musicals, and unfortunately My Fair Lady is my least favorite Audrey movie. (Fun Fact: It was also Hepburn’s least favorite film she made! Guess she wasn’t too happy about the studio dubbing her singing…) Cecil Beaton won the Academy Award for this costume design on the visually stunning 1964 flick. Our favorite outfit of the movie is the white lace Edwardian Ascot gown with black and white striped ribbons and the greatest hat ever worn. This outfit would wear most people that threw it on, but Audrey looks elegant and completely confident in her massive costume – obviously, or she wouldn’t have yelled, “Move your bloomin’ arse!” in such a refined look. The costume is worth between $200,000 and $300,000, and is currently part of the Debbie Reynolds’ auction of movie memorabilia.
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“Each, in its own way, was unforgettable. It would be difficult to – Rome! By all means, Rome. I will cherish my visit here in memory as long as I live,” Audrey Hepburn replies when asked what her favorite European city is, in the final scene of Roman Holiday. The 1953 classic made Hepburn, Italy and Vespas wildly popular following its release. Hepburn plays Princess Ann, a young girl feeling trapped and restless in her life of patriotic duty. While visiting various countries on a European tour, Ann decides to go AWOL in the historic city of Rome. During her journey, she falls in love with an American journalist (played by the dashing Gregory Peck) and grows into an independent adult along the way. Princess Ann knows the fairy tale can’t last forever though, and after returning to her regal responsibilities, this sophisticated woman has appeared, leaving behind her youth and long locks. Legendary costume designer Edith Head created Audrey’s outfits for this film (and won an Academy Award for it – as did Hepburn’s performance). Here, Princess Ann demonstrates her poise in this mature, belted, white lace wrap dress with dainty gloves and a pearl choker. Roman Holiday was the first American film to be made entirely in Italy, and it ended up being one of the most romantic movies ever made! ❤
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.
The trench coat is the definitive piece of outerwear that screams style, sexiness and sleekness for both genders. In fiction, these fashionable coats show up on spies, comic book heroes, and in several of the most epic romantic scenes in cinema – including this one! In Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Audrey Hepburn sports her trench twice: first, when her mysterious ex-husband shows up for a visit and Paul discovers a little bit more about Holly’s past; the other is the last scene of the movie – which is why it made sense to make it the final “Look-of-the-Day” celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the film. While nearly all of the costumes in the film were made by Hubert de Givenchy, this gorgeous raincoat was made by none other than Burberry! It’s no surprise the British label went on to become the go-to choice when buying the famous military-inspired coats. Holly and Paul are two no-name lost souls, just like the pet cat, but they realize they’re going to disappear if they don’t find each other first… And in the pouring rain in the streets of Manhattan, they finally do.
Big, dark sunglasses are one of Holly Golightly’s favorite accessories, and the frames have forever been associated with the film Breakfast at Tiffany’s. In the opening scene, Audrey is sporting a pretty hip, dark tortoiseshell pair when she eats a pastry in front of (where else?) Tiffany’s! Most people mistake the glasses for Ray-Ban wayfarers, but the model is actually called “The Manhattan,” and was created by designer Oliver Goldsmith. Also known as “OG,” the family-run business was founded in 1926 and have been worn by style icons like Hepburn and Grace Kelly, and also used by big design houses, such as Dior and Givenchy. OG is one of the few eyewear manufacturers left that still create handmade glasses. For the 50th Anniversary of Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Oliver Goldsmith relaunched the famous frame Holly wears throughout the film! They cost about $360 and can be purchased at various online retailers, or stock lists can be provided from the site directly.