"This year is the 85th anniversary of Audrey Hepburn's birth. When she died in 1993, the media was saturated with her image, as befits the passing of a Hollywood star. Ten years on, though, and Audrey is just as culturally present. She regularly tops polls of 'the world's most stylish woman' or 'the woman we most admire'. Young celebrities, from Darcey Bussell to Martine McCutcheon, cite her as their favorite actress. Just last month, Victoria Beckham admitted she has a virginal shrine at Beckingham Palace devoted to the star.
Hepburn's name is synonymous with a retro fashion for 1950s and 1960s styling, the popularity of lounge music and nightclubs, the pleasures of playing board games while sipping cocktails and dressing up, supper-club style. Her performance as Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961) is still the benchmark of youthful glamour (even though the original heroine of Truman Capote's novel was a call girl, and Hepburn was 32 when she played the role).
According to Jo Elvin, editor of Glamour magazine: 'Audrey Hepburn definitely remains a style icon - you only have to look at the spring/summer catwalks. Prada, in particular are showing that Capri/ Roman Holiday look that Audrey launched. She's definitely one of the stars who is periodically referred back to, one of those key women of the twentieth century - like Marilyn Monroe - who launched a style which has endured. Her image is clean-cut, gamine yet feminine, chic. When we do features at Glamour on how to achieve a "timeless" look, we often look back to Audrey.' - via
Audrey Hepburn is my definitive style icon. When I can’t decide what to wear going out, I think “What Would Audrey Wear?” Audrey’s look is classic, simple and chic. A crisp shirt and a pair of cropped trousers are a bit of a "go to" for me.