Audrey Hepburn Style
"Through the years Audrey Hepburn has projected an image of style and not of fashion."
She was once named one of the ten most fascinating women in the world. Audrey Hepburn seems to have remained in this list, with the original look and style of her own.
Back in the 1960’s, Audrey Hepburn style could be compared to the style of Jacqueline Kennedy in the degree of imitation she had inspired. Women followed her every move, while men were hopelessly in love with her. Expressing her view about her own sex appeal, Audrey said: "Sex appeal is something that you feel deep down inside. It’s suggested rather than shown… I can convey just as much appeal fully clothed, picking apples off a tree or standing in the rain."
Audrey Hepburn Style. Style as a way of life
In her younger years she only wanted to be a dancer. By the standards of her time, she could not manage it. But her dancer’s discipline she had learned, turned her into a wonderful life technician. "Dancers do a lot of technical things out of good habit. When we relax we never get sloppy. In my case that’s because when my ballet teacher, Madame Rambert, would catch us folding our arms or slouching our shoulders she’d give us a good rap across the knuckles with a stick… Dancers learn to feel when their posture is not graceful…"
Audrey Hepburn was unique among other actresses in so many ways: in the way she looked and carried herself gracefully, in the way she refused to pose for the cheesecake photos, in the way she viewed her life and her career.
In the course of her career she never adopted the life style of an American theatre and movie star. Her focus was mainly on her work and training. She used to say that acting did not come easy to her. When she won her Oscar for "Roman Holiday", Audrey said: "I believe in fixing a goal for myself and not being diverted in any way from pursuing that goal. I can’t allow this award or all this public acclaim to turn my head or induce me to ease up."
Audrey Hepburn style was in her way of life rather than in her manner to wear her dresses. During filming of "The Unforgiven" Audrey fell from a horse on her back. X rays showed four broken vertebrae, torn muscles in her lower back and a badly sprained foot. Her nurse said she had never had a patient like her in her thirty years practice: she refused narcotics and sedatives, and despite her pain never complained. A friend visiting her in a hospital, described Audrey: "She lay propped up in an immaculate bed in her immaculate bedroom…She wore a snow-white Victorian high-necked nightgown. Her hair was pulled back mirror-smooth into a pony tail and tied with white ribbon to match the white ribbon on her beautifully groomed little Yorkshire terrier. Around the room stood white Limoges vases with white tulips and orchids."
Audrey Hepburn Style. Her beauty secrets
"I never thought I was pretty," said Audrey about herself. She felt too skinny, too tall and too flat. This did not prevent her from learning to value her looks. "You have to look at yourself objectively. Analyze yourself like an instrument. You have to be absolutely frank with yourself. Face your handicaps, don’t try to hide them. Instead, develop something else." This was an advice she gave to her fans. She would decline the offer to cap her uneven front teeth, she would also refuse to pluck her heavy eyebrows.
Because of her height, Audrey made flat shoes and ballet slippers an integral part of her look. However she did not to hide her being too skinny. Her look in "Sabrina" brought out by Givenchy, had become legendary. This look emphasized deliberately Audrey’s slender figure.
Her beauty secrets were revealed in a press release of December 29, 1953, where it was mentioned that she did not use a shade of powder and preferred the pale shades of lipstick at all times. She wore almost no jewelry and no furs.
"Jewelry just doesn’t suit me, and if I wear too much makeup, my face looks like a mask instead of me… Put me in furs and jewels, and I look like something off a barrel organ."
Having learned to make her beauty choices, she had established a new standard of beauty. After her "Sabrina" Vogue and other fashion publications would record her every change of appearance.
Audrey Hepburn Style. Audrey Hepburn and Givenchy
As far as her fashion style was concerned, Givenchy was Audrey’s guide. For most of the films Givenchy designed her film clothes, but also his designs for her private use made her one of the best-dressed women in the world. "His are the only clothes in which I am myself," she said. Audrey enjoyed his simple lines and dominant blacks and whites.
"I depend on Givenchy in the same way that American women depend on their psychiatrists. There are few people I love more. He is the single person I know with the greatest integrity."
Givenchy thought otherwise. "All the responsibility for the way Audrey looked is hers. She made the selections, I helped her." Click here to read more about Audrey Hepburn and Hubert de Givenchy.
Ralph Lauren, whose designs Audrey often wore in her later years, commented on Audrey Hepburn style: "She did more for the designer than the designer did for her… She knew exactly what she wanted. Nobody could tell her what to wear."
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