The trench coat is the definitive piece of outerwear that screams style, sexiness and sleekness for both genders. In fiction, these fashionable coats show up on spies, comic book heroes, and in several of the most epic romantic scenes in cinema – including this one! In Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Audrey Hepburn sports her trench twice: first, when her mysterious ex-husband shows up for a visit and Paul discovers a little bit more about Holly’s past; the other is the last scene of the movie – which is why it made sense to make it the final “Look-of-the-Day” celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the film. While nearly all of the costumes in the film were made by Hubert de Givenchy, this gorgeous raincoat was made by none other than Burberry! It’s no surprise the British label went on to become the go-to choice when buying the famous military-inspired coats. Holly and Paul are two no-name lost souls, just like the pet cat, but they realize they’re going to disappear if they don’t find each other first… And in the pouring rain in the streets of Manhattan, they finally do.
Big, dark sunglasses are one of Holly Golightly’s favorite accessories, and the frames have forever been associated with the film Breakfast at Tiffany’s. In the opening scene, Audrey is sporting a pretty hip, dark tortoiseshell pair when she eats a pastry in front of (where else?) Tiffany’s! Most people mistake the glasses for Ray-Ban wayfarers, but the model is actually called “The Manhattan,” and was created by designer Oliver Goldsmith. Also known as “OG,” the family-run business was founded in 1926 and have been worn by style icons like Hepburn and Grace Kelly, and also used by big design houses, such as Dior and Givenchy. OG is one of the few eyewear manufacturers left that still create handmade glasses. For the 50th Anniversary of Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Oliver Goldsmith relaunched the famous frame Holly wears throughout the film! They cost about $360 and can be purchased at various online retailers, or stock lists can be provided from the site directly.
“Well, when I get it the only thing that does any good is to jump in a cab and go to Tiffany’s. Calms me down right away.” Earlier this week we described how Breakfast at Tiffany’s made the “little black dress” the essential go-to cocktail party outfit and showed the knee-length black frock Audrey wears several times throughout the movie. Although the shorter dress is what many picture when they talk about the LBD, it is actually this stunning Givenchy gown that Hepburn famously dons in the opening scene of the film that created the sensation. This dress went to auction in 2006 at Christie’s and was sold for a record-breaking $923, 187. (Fun Fact: At the time it was the most expensive piece of clothing ever sold, until Marilyn Monroe’s white dress from The Seven Year Itch went for $5.5 million this past summer.) Made of Italian black satin, the gown has cut-out décolleté on the back and is fitted at the waist. The accessories in this scene are just as famous as the dress; Holly Golightly’s big black sunglasses, long black gloves, elegant cigarette holder, miniature tiara and multi-layer pearl necklace have forever been affiliated with Audrey’s natural glamour. If you’re wearing any of those items, people will comment that you’re channeling the majestic Ms. Hepburn. Although the movie revolves around Tiffany & Co., none of Holly’s jewelry actually comes from the famous New York store, because she’s a struggling downtown call girl, so even though she looks like a million bucks, it’s all just an illusion (actually the dress did go for a million bucks – only 45 years later!) This look is the definition of ultimate elegance, and our editors’ absolute favorite movie costume. We could write about it for days, so we’ll keep it to a minimum. We only wish we could look this good on a Sunday morning after a night of partying!
Orange has to be this editor’s least favorite color, although this is the only pumpkin spice I’m interested in this season! (Okay, this and Blue Point Pumpkin Ale…) When Holly Golightly and Paul Varjak go out and about in Manhattan, she chooses to wear a beautiful double-breasted burnt orange wool coat, mink hat, dark pumps and, of course, big sunglasses! The coat, designed by Hubert de Givenchy, had a tie at the back and 7/8 kimono sleeves, which was widely copied after this film. This outfit is what Holly is wearing when Paul finally kisses her for the first time in their apartment building’s stairwell, after scaring some pedestrians in some silly masks (pictured, below). It’s no surprise the couple kisses when they remove the costumes and reveal their true selves…
While a pair of basic black pumps would have seemed like the obvious go-to choice for a week dedicated to Breakfast at Tiffany’s, we wanted to choose a shoe that was inspired by the actual movie – and we found it! Here are the “At Tiffany’s” pumps by Hey Lady. These pair of scalloped heels are inspired by Audrey Hepburn herself and are colored (what else?) but Tiffany’s blue! Designed by the Leung Twins, sisters Emily and Jessica describe their fashion evolution on their website from chunky Mary Janes to “skinny stilettos!” Girls after our own hearts! The 3 inch heels cost $340 and can be purchased here on Hey Lady’s site.
Breakfast at Tiffany’s may have made the little black dress internationally famous, but Holly Golightly’s little pink dress is also quite adorable! Designed by Hubert de Givenchy (like the rest of Audrey’s beautiful clothes in this film), this sleeveless cocktail dress is accented by its cute bow at the waist and highlighted by its matching coat and sparking tiara! This frock sold for a whopping $192,000 in 2007 when it went to auction at Christie’s! Although this outfit certainly looks like lots of fun, it’s unfortunately the dress Holly has on when she finds out that her brother has died. Man, if you take out the pretty clothes in this movie, it might be one of the most depressing films ever made! Fun Fact: When our editors were little girls, they received the limited edition Barbie dolls created to look like Ms. Audrey Hepburn in this particular costume (pictured, bottom left), but one of them just couldn’t keep her in the box… toys are meant to be played with! And although Holly immediately lost all monetary value when she was freed from her plastic cage, at least she’ll forever remain in this editor’s heart as the prettiest Barbie doll she’s ever had!
In this iconic picture of our “Tuesday Twosome,” Audrey is wearing the dress that made the LBD (“little black dress”) famous. Here, she pairs her knee-length, sleeveless silhouette with her usual oversized sunglasses, black gloves, and matching hat with a soft, camel colored sash around the top. George Peppard looks smart and meticulous in his fitted wool blazer, white oxford, cranberry tie, and camel-colored sweater vest that matches Audrey’s sash. The two look put-together, and complement one another beautifully (better than they realize at this point in the movie). Audrey’s dress was designed by Hubert de Givenchy and chosen by the film’s costume designer, Edith Head. As a struggling call girl, you see Holly reuse this dress later in the film. This outfit not only made the LBD famous, but forever associated big black sunglasses and large brimmed hats with Audrey’s eponymous style. It’s also the costume Audrey has on in one of the most famous photos of her ever taken (pictured, left). This scene gave birth to appropriate cocktail attire everywhere, making it one of the most revered outfits in motion picture history!
Yesterday, we wrote about Audrey’s most casual outfit of Breakfast at Tiffany’s, which may have been an odd note to start out on, considering how glamorous she’s dressed in the rest of the movie’s scenes…. But it is certainly one of her more vulnerable moments, and an appropriate look for a Sunday afternoon. Here, Hepburn is donning what appears to be a one-shouldered Grecian gown, accessorized only by her fabulous earrings and the most sophisticated cigarette holder we’ve ever seen… (Seriously – that thing probably inspired the bad habit for years!) But, Audrey’s fantastic frock is actually a bath towel! Close to a week ago, Moviefone featured an online article called “25 Facts You May Not Know About Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the film’s release. In a deleted scene, Holly Golightly is taking a bath when a party begins in her apartment and she must put an outfit together immediately! Naturally, the one and only Ms. Hepburn could wear a towel and still look positively flawless!
This month, one of the most iconic fashion films of all-time (if not THE most iconic fashion film), celebrates its 50th anniversary. Breakfast at Tiffany’s is also probably Audrey Hepburn’s most recognizable movie, due to the trademark wardrobe of the 1961 film. Audrey plays Holly Golightly, a kept woman of sorts who pretends to live a high life, although her day-to-day existence is far from glamorous. Here, Hepburn is wearing a simple light grey sweatshirt, dark jeans, black ballet flats and a towel hair-wrap (proving she can literally wear ANYTHING and make it look posh), while she sings “Moon River.” (Fun Fact: The song went on to win the Academy Award for Best Original Song, and the scene was almost cut from the film!) Everyday this week theSkinnyStiletto will dedicate each “Look-of-the-Day” to Miss Golightly’s gorgeous outfits, and this casual gem was perfect for a lazy Sunday selection.
One of our editors was nearly named Sabrina, due to her parents’ fondness for this 1954 flick. Sabrina is the story of the title character played by Audrey Hepburn, and our choice for the start of the summer’s “Look-of-the-Day.” Sabrina is the daughter of a chauffeur caught between the love and lust of two brothers. Here, Hepburn epitomizes Long Island preppiness wearing white shorts, bare feet and a relaxed plaid shirt while sailing the Long Island Sound. With Edith Head and Hubert de Givenchy costuming the film, it’s no surprise that even Sabrina’s downtime digs are still divine!