Sunday, May 4, 2014

An Honorary Birthday Post Starring Audrey Hepburn

You know you're famous when Google has your face plastered on its homepage for your birthday. You also know you're famous if you have a minimum of 10 books written about you, a Halloween costume of yours truly, and an elaborate Wikipedia page. I'm talking about your favourite gamine and Givenchy's original muse, Audrey Hepburn. Today would have been her birthday and as a celebration, I've decided to countdown some of Hepburn's most iconic looks. After seeing her various films including Breakfast at Tiffany's, Charade, My Fair Lady, and Roman Holiday, I was completely and utterly smitten. I couldn't resist the Audrey charm. And who could?

In honour of Audrey Hepburn, I've decided to count down 10 things that made her Audrey.

The Pearls
Who can forget those iconic Breakfast at Tiffanys pearls? The perfect accent to an LBD, pearls became a symbol of class and sophistication as Audrey pranced around 5th avenue with these jewels cascading down her neck. In fact, Audrey probably made New York popular. That's how popular she was.
The Little Black Dress
The original LBD was Audrey's Givenchy dress from Breakfast at Tiffany's. From that moment forward, the acronym LBD became fashion's favourite cliche, a constant reminder of our favourite icon's classic style. It also happens to have become a wardrobe staple in closets from Germany to Canada to Dubai to Timbuktu. 
Long Gloves
Who doesn't fantasize about a long pair of gloves to adorn your hands as you traipse around the room in a beautiful new gown by Givenchy? There's something about long gloves that makes a woman dream about romantic affairs with a charming man. Sigh.
An Endless Array of Beautiful Hats
Don't you rue the day that flamboyant hats went out of a style? Audrey was a hat girl through and through (which makes her my favourite person of all time). You weren't a lady without a statement hat to adorn your head at a fancy affair. Let's bring this trend back, shall we? For Audrey's sake...
The Head Scarf
And when she wasn't wearing an extravagant hat, you could catch Audrey in the streets with a head scarf, looking more elegant than a pompous British man. Let it rain because my head is covered in chic.
Larger Than Life Sunglasses
In case you were wondering where the bug eyed look came from, look no further than Audrey Hepburn. You could not catch this woman without a pair of large sunglasses to maintain an air of mystery, glamour, and poise. Where do you think Anna Wintour got her style inspiration?
The Pixie
Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Lawrence, Emma Watson, and Charlize Theron are all women in Hollywood who've dared to try the pixie. The truth is that Audrey Hepburn started it. This haircut gave her gamine status and made androgyny feminine in a way no other woman could master.
The Cigarette Holder
Without her cigarette holder, how would we recognize Holly Golightly? The cigarette holder almost made smoking look (dare I say it?) chic. If you were going to take on the habit, it was essential that you did so with class. If only they were still in use.
Audrey Hepburn wore loafers and suddenly, it was appropriate footwear for women. Though I remain an advocate for high heels, I can't ignore this women's ability to make a flat shoe look chic. Only Audrey Hepburn could make me reconsider flats.
And finally, The Brows.
Cara Delevingne may be the new brow girl in town, but Audrey was always the original. Audrey saved  women from a lifetime of incessant plucking. She should probably get an award for that alone. She is the eyebrow queen and we must bow down. Just kidding. But who can argue the boldness of a bushy brow?
Audrey Hepburn once said: "I believe in manicures. I believe in overdressing. I believe in primping at leisure and wearing lipstick. I believe in pink. I believe happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day, and I believe in miracles". We clearly share a mind. Today, we continue to post these words on Pinterest boards and FB statuses alike to honour Hepburn and her wisdom. A real icon makes a statement that resonates throughout time. Let's make this quote our motto, shall we?

Happy Birthday to Audrey Hepburn, Holly Golightly, and Eliza Doolittle.



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