audreyhepburn.com finally updates!

So I just got an email from the Children’s Fund (don’t get huffy, I’m on the mailing list just like a million other people are), and they’re finally offering The Audrey Hepburn Treasures for sale on their website like they did when Sean’s Elegant Spirit came out. But unlike Elegant, Treasures is not signed, so please make note of that. It’s also selling at full price ($49.95 US), so I personally think you’re better off at Amazon. And don’t worry about hurting the Children’s Fund, since they published the book anyway and will get the writer’s cut.


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FINALLY! New pictures, and the minute-long Gap commercial

Thankfully my home didn’t decide to burn down (yet), so I was able to get up 229 pictures for you! This gallery is just miscellaneous pictures from throughout the 1950s, like modeling pictures and candids. You can go straight to the gallery by clicking here, if you’d like.


Next up, someone finally got the 60 second Gap commercial back on You Tube! I’ll always kick myself for not downloading it right away. The sound isn’t quite synched up at the beginning, but I’ll take what I can get right now.

Edit: video has been removed from YouTube

I found a review of the new They All Laughed DVD on USA Today, and they didn’t seem to care about it too much. It rated 2 1/2 stars out of four, and no bonus features are listed. (The only ones I know about so far are a commentary with director Peter Bogdanovich and an interview with him and fellow director/fan Wes Anderson.) You can see their review here, about halfway down the page.

And lastly, Ray-Ban is bringing back some classic shades. The Wayfarers, worn in many classic movies like The Blues Brothers and Breakfast at Tiffany’s, are coming back from the dead, for the price of $129. There’s apparently going to be a pretty big media blitz to stir up more interest in the shades (and to try and get away with their major price inflation), so maybe we’ll see some more use of Audrey in ad campaigns? The most important part of the story is here, but if you want to read more, you’ll have to subscribe to The Wall Street Journal. Lame.

P.S. I’m having trouble deciding what I want to give away in the next contest, so maybe you could help us out! There’s a poll on the contests page, so vote on what you’d like to see given away next. If you want to suggest something that’s not listed, simply click on the “something not listed here” button, then drop us a line saying what you would like to see. We’ll take all suggestions seriously, as long as you don’t suggest us buying the Breakfast at Tiffany’s dress and then giving it away. Don’t you dare! 🙂

Apologies, plus Natalie’s reason for wearing the "Breakfast at Tiffany’s" dress

Firstly, I need to apologize. I’d promised pictures yesterday and today, but the building I work in caught fire today while we were in it, so I’m a little tired and smelly and choky from smoke. Tomorrow, I promise! Thank you for being patient.

Second, an article has come up saying that Natalie Portman decided to wear the Breakfast at Tiffany’s alternate dress that will be auctioned soon in the hopes that it would drum up more interest for the dress, therefore earning more bids and raising more money for charity. I have nothing against Natalie and I even sort of like her, but isn’t it a little vain to think that you wearing the dress would interest more people than Audrey Hepburn herself? Maybe I’m just tired and smelly. Anyway, here’s the link to the full article.

Audrey is not Posh; an Audrey group worth visiting

I found a hilarious article about Victoria Beckham (formerly Posh Spice) today. She apparently has a new book out on style, and she keeps insisting that Audrey Hepburn is her biggest fashion inspiration. I must admit that I don’t know a lot about Victoria, since I don’t read tabloids (UK or otherwise) and I’ve always made it a point to ignore prefab bands, even when my sister and ex-boyfriend were so into the Spice Girls. The only things I do know about her is: she was the worst singer of the Spice Girls, to me; she’s had her breasts done and they look like halved grapefruits; and she should be a fashion idol to no one. But back on topic, the reviewer in this article is a UKer and no fan of Victoria, as evinced by this excerpt: Continue reading “Audrey is not Posh; an Audrey group worth visiting”

Audrey voted most beautiful brunette of all time

Pantene shampoo has voted Audrey the most beautiful brunette of all time recently. She beat out many modern (and living) brunettes, including Catherine Zeta-Jones and Elizabeth Taylor. I can’t find anything on Pantene’s website, or anywhere else for that matter, about who all is on the list. The only thing I’ve found so far is this article from the Daily Record, actually. Can anyone find it anywhere else? A full list would be nice. 🙂

Also, designer Irene Galitzine, called Italy’s “fashion princess,” died earlier. She clothed Audrey among many other fashionable women back in the day, including Audrey’s close second in style, Jackie Kennedy. Unfortunately I couldn’t find any pictures of Irene and Audrey together right off the bat, or Audrey wearing any of Irene’s designs, but maybe something will come up in a little bit. If you’re interested, you can read more about Irene here.

When all is said and done, Audrey came out on top

I found a really nice review of The Audrey Hepburn Treasures (though it’s mislabeled as The Audrey Hepburn Treasury — is it a bank?) which talks about Audrey’s life compared to her peers’ lives. She has by far had the closest to normal life and the less sensationalistic, and really, that’s a better role model than you can find most other places. The full article can be found here, and inside the article is a link to a long excerpt from the book, both courtesy of Australia’s Courier Mail News. If you don’t want to read the review and just want to see the excerpt, click here.

What ever happened to class?

Well, now that Lotta and Carl have won the first contest, the news has slowed to a crawl (though if Carl doesn’t claim his prize soon, I might redraw for it!). I guess the Gap commercials being over has really dried up the flow for a while . . . until the dress goes on auction and more books come out. But I have found one article that hasn’t been rehashed a million times that is a pretty good read. It talks about the lame excuse for role models in American society today and how their complete ignorance of fashion (and even of dressing themselves) is reflecting on young girls and young women and making us into a nation of tarts. Here’s my favourite line:

What ever happened to the era of chic, the era of Audrey Hepburn, when women acted and dressed like ladies? Many women prattle on and on about how the sexual revolution liberated them — and yet they still feel compelled to attract male attention by dressing badly. That’s slavery, not liberation.

You can read the whole article here, and even if these sorts of articles aren’t your cup of tea, please take the last sentence of the article to heart. It seems to have been forgotten lately in society.