Recently, after seeing a picture of doe-eyed, pixie-sporting Ginnifer Goodwin, I've had gamines on the brain. Characteristics often associated with gamine women include pixie hairstyles, short, straight-across bangs, bobbed hairstyles, wide eyes, petite features, boyish qualities, and a bit of what you might call a certain je ne sais quoi. Check out some famous gamine stars — from both past and present — right now.
I just watched the 1966 Audrey Hepburn and Peter O'Toole film How to Steal a Million, which is chock-full of talking points when it comes to interior design. But the one thing that truly blew me away (aside from the armoire that leads to a secret staircase) was the purple staircase and banister in Hepburn's character's foyer. In contrast to the rest of the reserved, gilded, French furnishings in the Parisian mansion, the purple stair runner is a very bold choice.
Several important scenes take place on the staircase, so it was smart of production designer Alexandre Trauner to make it a focal point. Clearly, the décor in this home is dated and a little glitzy for most of our tastes, and this shade of purple isn't very popular these days. But what do you think of this effect in general? Do you like how they've used a stair runner to create visual impact? Would you want to replicate a similar look in your home with a powerful color, pattern, or stripes?
I can't get enough of Audrey Tautou's wavy pixie. It has the perfect vintage vibe with a fresh, modern appeal. To duplicate this forever-in-style look, apply a texturizing gel or a curl activating spray to damp hair and let air dry. If your hair is short, touch up pieces with a curling iron for a polished yet effortlessly tousled look. If your hair is longer, create a "fake-out" style by pulling your hair back into a tucked-under ponytail, then curl face-framing sections to shorten. Check out my slideshow for some inspiration on re-creating this gamine style for different hair types.
Relax: This is just a tiny little rumor and nobody is remaking Breakfast at Tiffany's (yet). But apparently the idea of a remake has been bandied about for a long time now, with the major issue being, of course, who would take on the iconic Audrey Hepburn role, Holly Golightly?
In Variety, Liz Smith claims that "if anybody could be Holly Golightly in the 21st century, it's Anne" Hathaway who, Smith says, "has an unusually alert, charming way about her — elfin, sexy, princessy, without being prissy."
Do you agree with this assessment of Hathaway? She's certainly been getting a lot of attention lately — do you think she could pull off this role?
It's almost clichéd to love Audrey Hepburn, but it's almost impossible not to. One of the biggest icons in film history, she's still often cited as one of the world's most beautiful women — even though she didn't always view herself that way. She disliked her crooked teeth, large feet, and flat chest — "I never thought I'd land in pictures with a face like mine," she once said — but those so-called flaws made her even more likeable.
Nearly 80 years after Hepburn's birth, her simply chic style is still inspiring photo shoots and women all over the world. Hepburn often drew thick brows that extended over her natural pair, but for real life, brushing the thick part of your brows upward should do the trick. Lipstick in a pastel pink, light rose, or classic red will give you that Hepburn lip, but don't get too shiny — matte is best. Don't worry about concealing your under-eye circles completely; Hepburn often had the hint of them, which gave her a slightly vulnerable look. For Audrey literalists, you might want to know that she was a fan of Erno Laszlo and Estée Lauder skin care — though if you can't afford a $39 bar of soap, read these beauty tips, said to be among her favorites, instead.
For tons of Audrey Hepburn photos, read more
When all else fails, look to a fashion great for inspiration. That's what kateymclean did with her modern-day Audrey creation. What's modern: her razored cut, her sassy peep toe heels. What would make Audrey proud: her double strand pearls and bowed LBD.
Here's what she has on:
- Dress: Princess Charlotte
- Pearls: Kleinz
- Shoes: Charles & Keith
Congrats to kateymclean!
Everyone else, submit your looks and I might feature you on FabSugar!
A Fab reader recently wrote in asking us to start PetiteSugar. Since that's not on the roster (but you never know...) we decided we could do a Fab Body Guide dedicated to petites.
I lightly touched on the subject with Rachel Bilson, but here are many more helpful tips on how to elongate your silhouette, accessories dos and don'ts, and online retail shops with stylish fashions for petites.
Tips on elongating your small frame:
- Wearing similar colors, or monochrome, gives the illusion you're taller. It provides a continuous flow from one item of your outfit to the next.
- When you don't want to wear all one color, just make sure the silhouette of your outfit is lengthening. For example, if you want to wear a fuchsia blouse with white pants, make sure the hem of the pants sweeps the floor, even with your high heels.
- To avoid looking wide, stay away from horizontal stripes and colorblocking; you can certainly do skinny stripes though!
- Another style that makes you appear wide is anything overly billowy, a la Nicole Richie's tiered mini dress. If you must dabble with the trend, steer clear of tiers.
To hear more advice about petite fashion and to see some Fab outfits we put together, read more
A picture is really worth a thousand words when it comes to Audrey Hepburn: A Life in Pictures ($27), by famed fashion designer, Hubert de Givenchy. Hubert takes us through an incredible detailed photographic journey of Audrey's iconic fashion sense of style. This book is packed with amazing first-time reproductions and never seen before family pictures. For those who need a little refresher on the leading lady of Hollywood (shame on you) a nicely detailed biography is also included in the book.
To see a preview of what's inside, read more
Trend Alert: Ankle Grazer Trousers A new denim trend is sweeping the fashion world in time for Spring. There are a few names for the new length skinnies which are just longer than capri pants and just shorter than full length, they're being referred to as 'ankle grazers', '7/8ths' and 'cigarette pants'. The look is a classic style which was pioneered by style icon Audrey Hepburn and is now being led by denim-guru Kate Moss.
We all know that black dresses are hardly just reserved for funerals anymore — they're wardrobe staples! In The Black Dress ($15), Dr. Valerie Steele, Director and Chief Curator of the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology (my alma mater!), explores the zeitgeist of the black dress and how they've become timelessly chic.
The tome is filled with pages of iconic black dress images pulled from Chanel's collection, Audrey Hepburn's films, and more, plus quotes on the color black from writers, artists, and fashion personalities. Definitely one to check out — especially if you love your LBDs as much as I do.