If I see another Holly Golightly poster on a bedroom wall, I am going to scream.
I just have to come out and say it: I am so done with the endless idolizing of Holly. I know she’s iconic and so is “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” the 1961 film starring Audrey Hepburn. But Holly is the last female movie character any woman should seriously want to emulate in real life and it really bothers me that she has become such a widespread role model.
I have no qualms with Audrey Hepburn herself. She did a wonderful job with the role she was asked to play — who is really nothing more than a tragic hot mess.
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It’s not just that we love Beyonce’s new video for “Countdown” (and we loooooove it). It’s more like in the last hour or so we’ve viewed it about 10 times, and are obsessed with Miss B.’s incredible styling and Audrey Hepburn-meets-Bob-Fosse-meets-”Dreamgirls” vibe. Could she be any cuter with those Audrey-inspired bangs and perfectly manicured eyebrows. Oooh girl, it’s almost too good. We just had to break down all of the looks from the video, so we could salivate over them/try to reproduce them ourselves.
Well what do we have here? The radiant Michelle Williams channeling equal parts Audrey Hepburn and Edie Sedgwick on the cover of Hobo Magazine. Could she be any more gorgeous? [ONTD] Keep reading »
“I’m not beautiful. My mother once called me an ugly duckling. But, listed separately, I have a few good features.”
— Audrey Hepburn on her looks. Say what? A few good features? Come now. Her mother must have forgot to inform her that she had turned into a swan or she was blind. Oh well, at least Audrey was a humble bird, which only makes her more beautiful. [Life] Keep reading »
“I find Audrey Hepburn fantastically twee. Twee is whimsy without wit. It’s mimsy-mumsy sweetness without any kind of bite. And that’s not for me. She can’t sing and she can’t really act, I’m afraid. I’m sure she was a delightful woman — and perhaps if I had known her I would have enjoyed her acting more, but I don’t and I didn’t, so that’s all there is to it, really.”
— Emma Thompson on Audrey Hepburn, the original star of “My Fair Lady.” Thompson is writing the screenplay for a remake of the 1964 film, starring Carey Mulligan. Obviously, we need to start using the word “mimsy-mumsy” in conversation more often. [Telegraph UK] Keep reading »
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“Sabrina” is all about the awkward duckling transforming into a sophisticated swan. But you don’t need to attend school in Paris to become your own version of the classic and cute Audrey Hepburn. Many of the iconic fashions she wore in the 1954 film are as appealing today as they were then. And many of the garments are quite easy to find on the web. See the buying info above and one more inspiration board after the jump. Keep reading »
Well, you’re in luck! According to the U.K.’s Telegraph, Audrey Hepburn’s clothes are up for grabs this December at the Royal Opera Arcade in London. It’ll be the biggest-ever sale of her clothing—something like 30 outfits will be available. The auction lot includes loads of Givenchy cocktail dresses (Hepburn’s faves), original Valentino designs, and lots of super-chic accessories. As for what the dresses look like, check out the frocks above. On the left is a blue cloqué silk cocktail dress from Givenchy’s Autumn-Winter 1966 collection and it’s estimated at £10,000 to £15,000 (um, that’s about $16,000-$24,000). On the right is a black Chantilly lace cocktail number that she wore in the 1966 film “How to Steal a Million.” The auction starts December 8th—gamine sensibility, perfect posture and clothes-hanger frame not included. [Kerry Taylor Auctions]
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“Was Holly Golightly Really a Prostitute?” The New Yorker wonders. A British stage production of Truman Capote’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s prompted the Telegraph to ask the same question. After the jump, what The New Yorker uncovered. Keep reading »
I love this game! Okay, so, which five people — alive or dead! — would you most like to share Thanksgiving dinner with? Catherine says, “Audrey Hepburn and all the guys who’ve played James Bond, except Roger Moore.” Annika got a little more creative than Catherine and said, “Coco Chanel, Patti Labelle — she can cook her ass off — Barack Obama, Malcolm X, and Imelda Marcos. Coco needs someone to talk to.”
As for me? My dinner guest list would be six. Rachel Zoe would be there, because she brought me a dress to wear, but since she doesn’t eat, she doesn’t actually count. I’d like to talk politics over turkey, mashed potatoes, and pie — cooked by fellow dinner guest, Mario Batali — with Rachel Maddow, while listening to a live performance by Johnny Cash (after he ate, of course). Then I’d drink many, many cocktails and make funny drunken videos with Amy Poehler, before being, uh, stuffed by Ryan Gosling. That would make me very thankful indeed.
So who’s on your dream Thanksgiving dinner guest list? Put your choices in the comments! Keep reading »