“It-Girl” Turned Fashion Icon

April 6, 2008 • Magazine

“It-Girl” Turned Fashion Icon

“It-Girl” Turned Fashion Icon

Sun, 2008-04-06 03:00

Bonnie J Brown

What makes an “it-girl?” I’m not talking about your everyday, run of the mill celebrity here. I’m talking about the “it-girl” whom all of us strive to emulate, the girl we stand in the extra-long grocery aisle just to read up on in our favorite rag magazine and still end up buying because we can’t put it down. Wikipedia defines her as a “charming, sexy, young woman who receives intense media coverage unrelated or disproportional to personal achievements.” But what brings on this immense amount of attention and makes her so different from all the other charming, sexy, young woman we know? It could be the guy she’s dating is a hottie and we want to see pics of him (but not likely), or it could be the fabulous events she’s attending and who she’s mingling with; but for me and, I think, for most women and girls alike, we look to see what she is wearing. Whether it’s the gorgeous dress she’s donning on the red carpet or the jeans she’s sporting while sipping coffee, we HAVE to see. And yes, it is all very materialistic and slightly embarrassing to admit, but we’re addicted and can’t get enough!

It would be easy for me to pick a modern-day “it-girl,” like Jessica Alba, Scarlett Johansen, etc. and dissect her wardrobe, but why? Why indeed, when they all pale in comparison to Audrey Hepburn, one of the first and most popular of all “it-girls.” And it is no wonder that she has this title and is still considered one of our favorites, since her personal stylist, per say, was none other than Count Hubert James Marcel Taffin de Givenchy; a.k.a., Givenchy. Most likely every movie Hepburn starred in is a movie she wore Givenchy from start to finish. Movies like Sabrina, How to Steal a Million and yes, even her most famous movie of all…Breakfast at Tiffany’s, were all films where she wore Givenchy designs. He is even mentioned in the opening credits of Charade as outfitting Audrey Hepburn’s wardrobe. But it is in the film Funny Face where I instantly fell in love with Audrey Hepburn and vowed to only wear black skinny pants and a boat-neck top paired with ballet flats. This look was created by Givenchy and worn the world over, still.

Givenchy, often considered an absolute gentleman of couture, was and is still known to dress women in every age group. And while the luxurious fabrics and intricate details are instantly noticeable in each garment of his creations, the design and cut of the piece is the backbone to his designs, and were so from the beginning. When Givenchy debuted in 1952, his lack of money forced him to produce an entire collection using men’s cotton shirting material. Needless to say, it was a success and the “Bettina Blouse” became an instant favorite.

While no one can deny the beauty and poise Hepburn naturally possessed on screen and in life, one can also not deny the magnificence she exuded when wearing a Givenchy gown. A magnificence we all try to achieve and may yet…if only we could afford Givenchy couture.

Photos, top to bottom
Breakfast at Tiffany’s allposters.com
Sabrina dilettanteville.files.wordpress.com
Funny Face allposters.com
Charade dvdbeaver.com
Hepburn & Givenchy friendster.com
Givenchy museudelperfum.com

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