Audrey Hepburn might have passed away a long time ago, but her legacy lives on, particularly in the fashion industry. She was not only a legendary actress, but also a fashion icon.
The simple grace and elegance of her manners made her one of the most beloved Hollywood leading ladies and also one of the greatest influences on fashion designers around the world.
Who can forget the trend setting over-sized sunglasses, the little black dresses, the colorful Capri pants and the flat ballet shoes that Audrey wore in the movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s? In fact, the sunglasses became so popular that wire frames, which were in vogue when the movie came out, became virtually extinct within a few years. And the black dress of course is a staple of any wardrobe, even today.
Audrey was also a trend setter in jewellery and makeup. She is famous for bringing pearls into the mainstream of fashion accessories. They say that fashion is a cycle, but it is hard to think of a time when her little black dress and pearls have ever been out of fashion.
Interestingly, the movie that started so many fashion trends was originally written to star not Audrey Hepburn, but Marilyn Monroe.
Unlike the curvaceous Marilyn Monroe and Lauren Bacall, Audrey had a gorgeous, tall and elegant figure that fashion designers loved to dress up. She was always partial to simple and graceful cuts, turtle necks and trench coats, while staying away from bold prints and bright colors.
When it came to accessories, Audrey had a preference for colored scarves and wide belts – a trend that persists to this day and is as fresh as ever.