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.
I think this is the first time I’ve heard Sean Ferrer talking about Donald Spoto’s biography Enchanted, and why he chose not to be involved in The Audrey Hepburn Treasures. The article talks briefly about why Spoto decided to toss his hat into the ring, since so many biographies on Audrey already exist, and turns from there to a phone interview with Sean from his Children’s Fund office in Santa Monica. I think this quote is the most telling:
Sean said he had been aware of his mother’s extramarital affairs, so Spoto’s book would be no surprise for him.
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I found some videos from various news shows across the U.S. that talk about the upcoming auction of the long black dress from BAT. And might I just add I giant “I KNEW IT!” because this clip states that “according to Givenchy [who donated the dress], this is not the dress worn in the film. There are three dresses; one is in the costume museum in Madrid, and one is in Givenchy’s own personal archives in Paris. This is the only dress that will ever come on the market.” The model wearing the dress in this clip reminds me of Selma Blair, and she’s obviously a wee bit short for the dress. (Note: you have to sit through a short ad before the news clip itself plays, and you can’t skip it or fast forward through it. So don’t worry, I didn’t give you the wrong link.)
The next clip just talks a bit more about the background of the dress (Givenchy shipped the designs out and Edith Head’s people made 3 copies) and shows the model walking out to the picture window to halfway recreate the opening of the film. Maybe it’s just me, but doesn’t the dress seem less special if everyone gets to wear it? Especially since Audrey herself might not have ever put it on. I dunno.
This first article is yet another diatribe against the Gap ads, but I couldn’t help but laugh at the first line: “Well, do a dance on Audrey Hepburn’s grave.” It’s a good article, though, and worth the read. I somewhat agree with fans who say, “Well, at least it’s introducing Audrey to a new generation of people,” but when you read a couple of the stories in the article, you just have to wonder why exactly some people are interested in Audrey anyway. It also furthers the belief that she was only good for modeling clothes and encouraging girls to be thin (see rant below), and that the only movie of hers worth seeing (or even talking about) is Breakfast at Tiffany’s. The whole article can be found here. Continue reading “"Do a dance on Audrey Hepburn’s grave," Audrey unleashes the altruistic side of Gap”
Someone uploaded two quick clips of Audrey dancing from one of her early films, The Secret People. It’s a very hard movie to find, but I was lucky to know someone with a copy who lent it to me to watch. It’s a little strange to see Audrey so young and vivacious, but it gives you an idea of her “coltish” behaviour that’s described in Gigi and how she must have bounded onstage “like a gazelle.” Anyway, it’s also really nice to see her ballet dancing captured on film, since she so wanted to be a ballerina. The first clip is of her auditioning for a solo piece at a party, and the second is her dancing later on in the film while her sister secretly watches. Continue reading “Clips from "Secret People," even more about Natalie and the B@T dress”
After the media blitz last month with the commercial, Gap’s sales are still slumping over last year’s. I find this hard to believe with all the attention they’ve been getting (unless Audrey fans are staying away in droves), and the article did say that the poor Gap did make $1.46 billion, so I’ll keep the tiny violin in my pocket. Still, how do you feel, knowing that the Gap specifically used Audrey to sell a product and that it possibly didn’t work? For the Gap, I mean. Plenty of people have been intrigued by Audrey, but not so much about skinny pants. The whole article can be seen here, though there’s not much I haven’t already mentioned. Continue reading “Gap’s sales "still skinny," Nat Portman sports the auction dress”