Everyone loves Audrey Hepburn.
It was about the time we were doing a brainstorm of ideas for the upcoming Fall patterns, and I happened to get a copy of Funny Face in the mail from Netflix. I happen to love both Audrey and Fred Astaire, but I hadn’t seen Funny Face in years.
When I watched Audrey in this (rather light and silly) role, I was floored not just by her charisma and charm, but her absolutely perfect and minimal elegance.
What is it about Audrey that women are so drawn to? Many people have cited her elfin sweetness mixed with sophistication, her obvious charisma, the way her intelligence always seems to shine through.
But then there is also her style. Audrey’s style was greatly influenced by her friend Hubert de Givenchy, who created many of her film costumes. It was a minimalist style punctuated with bold accessories that can only be described as elegant and classic. It suited her absolutely. Audrey is quoted as saying, “What is more beautiful than a simple sheath made an extraordinary way in a special fabric, and just two earrings?”
But it wasn’t just Audrey we were thinking of. Rather, it was the classic, effortless, casual styles of the 50s and 60s that she’s come to represent, but which so many other women interpreted in equally charming ways.
Take Marilyn, for example. She is about as far as you can get from Audrey Hepburn, but I personally think she is at her most beautiful in casual (and sometimes candid) photos.
And I’d be lying if I say I wasn’t an eensy bit inspired by none other than Doris Day. I know Doris Day has come to epitomize the ultra squeaky clean goody two shoes, but that woman could dress! I’ve long been a fan of her utterly American chic (not to mention her work for animal welfare).
I think this should give you a little taste of our vintage inspiration for Fall: chic, easy, wearable, and classic. Of course, the trick is translating these into patterns that are still fun, interesting, and modern.
Next week, I’m going to talk a little bit about going from general inspiration to design decisions, so stay tuned!
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