Haute Historian. “It-Girl” Turned Fashion Icon

April 10, 2008 • Fashion


Bonnie J Brown for Second City Style Magazine

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.

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