Sunday, 6 February 2011

Fashioning February: Retro review - Breakfast at Tiffany"s

From the moment she stepped out of the yellow cab on Fifth Avenue and sauntered across to Tiffany in her long black evening gown, matching gloves, sunglasses adorned with pearls and immaculate chignon, she had our full attention. So it is no surprise that Breakfast at Tiffany's is regarded as one of the most iconic films of all time and the most stylish film of all time. The film recently celebrated its 50th anniversary last September and many a book and newspaper/magazines article werw written in celebration. Breakfast at Tiffany's is the story of Holly Golightly played by Audrey Hepburn who is a good time girl determined to escape the drudgery of her former life by marrying a rich man. She also harbours a fondness of the store, Tiffany where she often frequents. Holly strikes up a friendship with Paul Varjak played by George Peppard, a writer who moves into her building. He becomes intrigued with Holly's lifestyle which consists of living off old and wealthy men and pretty soon he finds himself falling for her. The plot is simple but beautifully told and wonderfully acted by the two lead actors but it is the clothes that really makes this film along with Audrey Hepburn's dazzling charisma.
After all those years since the movie was made people still rave about the clothes in Breakfast at Tiffany"s and in fact Audrey was responsible for making the little black dress popular. When deciding on Holly's look director, Blake Edwards wanted it to be simple, classic and glamorous and he boy did he succeed. Holly's staple diet consisted of little black dresses with pencil skirts which were accentuated by jewellery and accessories. For example the first time she meets Paul we see her changing into an elegant sleeveless, black cocktail dress with over sized sunglasses complete with a large hat. However, it wasn't all black in the Golightly wardrobe, there were flashes of colour in Holly's wardrobe especially in her day wear. For instance the orange buttoned up wool pea coat with a fur hat that she wore when she went wandering round Tiffany with Paul. Also the bright pink cocktail dress with matching coat, shoes and tiara that she wore on a date with her one of her many suitors. Even when she was milling around her apartment with a scarf wrapped round her head she looked effortlessly stylish. Note the peach belted dressing gown she had on when she was playing host to Paul in her flat. Who can forget the immaculate trench belted coat that she donned in the last scene. Audrey Hepburn may be dead but her impeccable style will always live on.

1 cool comments:

Fab Black Woman said...

only saw that film for the first time the other day (I know!) and honestly, she just breathed elegance with ease.