The attractive coffee table book Audrey 100, by Ellen Fontana, features one hundred full page photos of unforgettable movie star and style icon extraordinaire Audrey Hepburn. All pictures were carefully selected by her partner and two sons to convey Audrey’s personal story and the qualities she stood for throughout her life and career. We follow the well-known actress, humanitarian and mother over a time span of forty years, and through these “100 emotions, 100 feelings, 100 little pieces of time, slowly a new image begins to emerge: a work of art dedicated to her life, her joys, her sorrows, her mischievousness, her laughter”.
For as long as I can remember I’ve been a huge fan of Audrey, the style icon and actress (and Angie is too – her Pinterest board is a real treat). There is just no one like her. She is simple elegance personified. Her natural grace, gamine style, pixie cut, black cigarette pants, flat footwear and high necklines are all iconic, “so Audrey”, as we often exclaim. But it wasn’t until 1989, when Miss Hepburn appeared in the opening show for the first Flemish commercial television station, that I fell in love with Audrey, the person. She was there to talk about her work as a UNICEF International Goodwill Ambassador, and it immediately struck me how she radiated quiet determination and compassion. She devoted the last five years of her life to helping impoverished children in war and disease stricken countries, witnessed unspeakable suffering, yet remained optimistic and hopeful. For the life of me I can’t remember what she was wearing that night – I expect it was a stunning gown – but I’ll never forget the smile in her voice while talking about these children, or the kindness with which she treated everyone she met. Since then she’s become my example of inner beauty always shining through, regardless of outward appearances. And each time Angie mentions how a smile from the heart increases your style quotient, I go “That’s so Audrey!”.
Do you have a style icon that you admire for more than her or his fabulous fashion sense? And at the opposite end of the spectrum: do you think it’s possible to love someone’s style without liking the person behind the clothes?
Reminder: The Handmaid’s Tale for June 29
Friday 29 June is kick-off day for our next Book Club title. We’ll be chatting about Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel The Handmaid’s Tale.