Saturday, March 02, 2013

Breakfast at Tiffany's on the stage (yet again)

So far we have the original novella by Truman Capote (1958), the film with Audrey Hepburn (1961), a musical (1966), and a West End production (2009). Opening next month on Broadway is yet another incarnation of Breakfast at Tiffany's, this time starring Emilia Clarke of Game of Thrones fame.

As the show hasn't opened yet, information is still trickling in, but so far there is an official website, an app game you can play (Fend off rats and super rats! Dance with Fred! Buy clothes!), and a Facebook page to like, and a Twitter feed you may follow for updates and sneak peeks at costume design sketches. The show previews begin March 4th at the Cort Theatre but the official opening night is March 20th. As of now, the calendar shows the play running through the end of August, but as with any play, if you want to see it, book sooner rather than later.

I'll actually be running out to New York next weekend to catch the show, so I'll take pictures of the venue and write up a review for those of you who can't make it. Keep in mind that this is based off of the novella, which is quite a bit different than the film, so if you're not familiar with Capote's Holly Golightly...well, you might want to read up on her.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

She Wore Givenchy...

It seems London has all the good gallery shows lately! I received notice recently that some new, never before seen photographs from a lost photo shoot in 1964 will be on display in London starting today and running through April 7th. The exhibit is called She Wore Givenchy...An Hour at the Ritz, Paris, 1964, and was photographed by Angela Williams.

The exhibit will be showing at the Heartbreak Gallery, and is part of a larger Icons gallery exhibit featuring other celebrities (mainly English) that Ms. Williams had photographed during her career as a freelance photographer. You can read more about the Audrey set in particular here, and if you're in the London area and would like to drop by for a look, you can find the address, hours, and other particulars here. There will also be limited edition signed prints for sale.

I wanted to fly out and see the exhibit myself but sadly, it's just not an option (especially since I'll be traveling to cover Breakfast at Tiffany's in New York). If you're like me and can't make it out to see the exhibit in person, the gallery is offering a nice e-catalogue to look through.

She seemed so tiny and fragile. The room was filled with roses and was ornately decorated. Roses, gilt and gold. She was in that exotic room like a precious bloom amongst all the flowers. - Angela Williams
Thank you to Laura for bringing this exhibit to my attention.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Audrey Hepburn's latest endorsement

If you haven't heard by now, Audrey Hepburn has returned. With the permission of her estate - her sons Sean Ferrer and Luca Dotti - Galaxy Chocolate, a UK branch of Mars candy, is using a digitized Audrey to sell their chocolate bars. The new commercial aired Sunday evening, and features a mid-50s era Audrey stuck on a bus on the streets of Rome, looking for some peace and quiet so she can enjoy her chocolate bar. I won't spoil anymore, you can watch here:

And of course the soundtrack is quite familiar! In a statement released before the advert aired, Sean and Luca feel that Audrey would have approved because, "Our mother often spoke about her love of chocolate and how it lifted her spirit so we're sure she would have been proud of her role as the face of Galaxy." Much like the Gap ad a few years ago, reactions are across the board over this ad. Some fans are pleased that Audrey is popular enough to sell chocolate even now, 20 years after her passing, while others like The Independent take a more stark view. What are your thoughts?

If this has left you feeling less than pleased, then these GIFs of Audrey winning her Oscar nearly 60 years ago might make you feel better. Nothing beats the real thing!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

There's still time!

Have you chosen your Halloween costume yet? Have you bought it/made it yet? If you wanted to be Audrey but haven't been able to decide which version of Audrey to be, don't fret. You have plenty of options.

You can visit my older guides (part 1, part 2), but I have also found two newer books for the more crafty among you. These books offer instructions and patterns copying famous film costumes, and while they won't be precise replicas (because that would involve some fancy couture sewing!), they are quite nice replicas that you can use as a costume or even just in everyday wear.

The newest book is Sew Iconic, and features a pattern for Audrey's little black dress with the fringe from Breakfast at Tiffany's. This dress is a bit easier to make than the long column dress from the beginning of the film, and makes it easier to walk around all day (or climb out windows, if need be). If you're a big film buff, you might also love this book because it features Marilyn's iconic Seven Year Itch dress, Keira Knightley's green dress from Atonement, and Catherine Zeta-Jones' nightclub dress from the opening number in Chicago. If you'd like to get a better feel for the book, the foxling has a wonderful review with loads of pictures.

The second sewing book, Famous Frocks, is more of an eclectic mix, featuring the same Breakfast dress, along with a Twiggy mini dress, a Farrah Fawcett shirt dress, Madonna's Like A Prayer dress, and a Rita Hayworth costume. A blog with the name of geeksdigme has a post with more pictures and some additional information, if you wanted to have a better look.

Friday, May 04, 2012

Happy Birthday!

Audrey inspired Sweet Sixteen Birthday Cake It's Audrey Day again! Yes, it's Audrey Hepburn's 83rd birthday today, and while she is not with us physically, her spirit is as strong as ever. She still influences millions of people with her grace, style, class, and humanitarian works, and it's still as heartwarming to hear about her influences now as it was when I first started this old thing 9 years ago.

I thought it would be a nice celebration to share what others are saying and doing in honor of Audrey. The cake to the left wasn't made for Audrey's birthday, but rather a fan's birthday. Still, isn't it just gorgeous? I'd almost feel bad eating it. Almost! It was made by The Cocoa Cakery, and they were kind enough to share photos of all their lovely works on Flickr.

Celebuzz remembers Audrey by putting together a slideshow of celebrities who are inspired by Audrey's fashion, ranging from Lady Gaga to Ashley Greene, which you can view here. (The photo of Liv Tyler in the slideshow is actually from the Timeless Audrey exhibit! And Liv was also a Givenchy spokesmodel a few years ago.)

There was also a special 10th anniversary ceremony at the Audrey Hepburn Children's House in New Jersey today, and Natalie Portman was there, along with Audrey's older son, Sean Hepburn Ferrer. Natalie is a godmother to the Children's House and was onhand for the opening, so it's only appropriate that she celebrates the hospital's continuing success. PopSugar has some photos and more information on what Natalie's been doing lately.

Jezebel gave Audrey a little shout out as well, with a funny clip from Breakfast at Tiffany's thrown in for fun.

And Politicus USA has a really lovely, well-written article on Audrey's humanitarian past and humbleness. It seems only fitting to close the post with something that reminds us of Audrey's troubled past, and how it only served to make her into a better person that used her experiences to help others.

The important thing is to enjoy your life - to be happy - it's all that matters.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Audrey A Roma in book form

The last big news item on Audrey Hepburn was an exhibit in Italy showcasing Audrey's life in Rome. The exhibit was sadly short-lived, yet still managed to raise nearly $100,000 for UNICEF! If you couldn't make it out to Rome to visit the exhibit, but desperately wanted to see the displays of Audrey's clothes, personal belongings, and candid photographs, never fear: a special book curated by her son Luca Dotti has been released with 192 pages of text and pictures for your enjoyment.

If you are in Europe, you can order the book through Amazon's Italian page here, or try your luck at local bookstores, as they have been spotted out and about. If you are in the U.S., the book is harder to find, but not impossible. A few sellers on Amazon have copies at around $30 (plus shipping), and would cost you near the same amount to order a copy from overseas and have it shipped to you. The best part is that all royalties from the sales go directly to the Audrey Hepburn Children's Fund.

In an extra bit of news: if you are on Twitter, so am I! You can now get all your Audrey news in 140 characters or less. See you there.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Audrey A Roma

Exciting news! There will be a new exhibit on Audrey Hepburn in Rome, Italy, running from October 26th through December 4th. While there will be photos and personal items of Audrey's on display, this exhibit is different from Timeless Audrey, the exhibit that has been displayed in Germany and Japan and select other locations. Audrey A Roma is a special exhibit showcasing the years Audrey lived as an Italian housewife whilst married to her second husband, Andrea Dotti.

The exhibit will have extremely rare home videos of Audrey in Rome, as well as personal and paparazzi photos of her - the paparazzi often mailed Audrey the photos they had taken of her - and when possible, the very clothes she was wearing in those pictures will be on display as well. For those who have seen Timeless Audrey, it sounds like there will be enough new material to make this exhibit worth your while, and if you haven't yet seen Timeless Audrey, then here's a sneak preview for you!



Information is still trickling in at this point, but I can give you some basics, plus a lot of lovely links to look through. The Italian branch of UNICEF, which is working with The Audrey Hepburn Children's Fund, has a new mini-site up about Audrey's work with UNICEF and the exhibit, which you can see here. 25% of ticket proceeds will go towards UNICEF Italy's ongoing mission in Chad, Africa. Not only that, but there will be a special card designed just for this Italian exhibit, and the purchase of this card turns into a donation for a course of vitamins and minerals for a malnourished child - though if you can't make it to the exhibit but would still like to help in the name of Audrey, you can buy the card online here. A really lovely blog that's heavy on pictures has been set up on Tumblr, so if you're already on there, it'll be very easy for you to follow and get a daily dose of Audrey. You may also read more about the intentions behind the exhibit, and Sean and Luca's thoughts on it, on the Children's Fund website here. And while I don't have a link yet for this last bit, I can tell you that a picture book called Audrey A Roma (Audrey In Rome) will be on sale at the exhibit and elsewhere, designed by Audrey's son Luca Dotti. It will be in Italian bookstores and the Italian Amazon, but before you complain, word is that the book is being translated into English, French and German, and will be released sooner rather than later! Stay tuned.

As for the details ... if you can make it to the exhibit, here's what you need to know: The exhibit is at the Ara Pacis Museum Lungotevere in Augusta, Rome, and runs every day but Mondays from 9am to 7pm (no entries after 6pm). Admission is 10€, but discounts can be had, and there are certain cases for free admission.

Monday, August 01, 2011

Breakfast at Tiffany's at the Hollywood Forever cemetery

It sounds macabre, I know, but for those of you not from L.A., watching films in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery is a great pastime of ours. Every weekend during the summer, we confab with picnic blankets, lawn chairs and even air mattresses to eat, drink, and watch a classic film under the stars. (Yes, even we have a few stars in the sky.)

This year is the tenth anniversary of Cinespia, the organization that screens the films, and they asked for our requests. I wrote in "Anything Audrey Hepburn!" and they listened. The most well-known and beloved of Audrey's films, Breakfast at Tiffany's, will be screened this Saturday August 6th at 8 pm. This year is the first time you can pre-order tickets online, and as someone who goes quite regularly, I highly recommend doing this. And queueing up very early, because this place fills up rather fast! But even sitting on the front lawn waiting to be let in can be fun, with people starting their picnics (and wine drinking) early. And this is where you make friends.

If you are in the area, please try to make this. It's a really fun and memorable way to spend a night in L.A., and the most unique way to see Audrey.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Audrey Hepburn's My Fair Lady Ascot dress sold - again

It was nearly 10 years ago that I went to a nondescript building in Beverly Hills and got to see Audrey Hepburn's iconic black and white Ascot races dress from My Fair Lady before it was sold at auction for $100,000. (The hat was included as well.) I even got to take a picture with it! Back then, it was sold to a man who had grand ideas to open up his own memorabilia museum.

Fast forward to this weekend, where the dress was once again up for auction in Beverly Hills. But this time the person selling it was none other than legendary actress Debbie Reynolds! At some point she had bought the dress and had a costume museum of her own, but things changed and she had to sell a good amount of her amazing collection to pay off the debts. Marilyn Monroe's white dress from The Seven Year Itch - you know, that dress - sold for a whopping $4.6 million. The Ascot dress? It did alright, selling for $3.7 million. That's quite a raise in value in just ten years!

No word yet on who the new owner is, or if the costume will be put on display anywhere.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Limited edition art for a good cause

I'm well aware of the fact that you all love the illustrations for Just Being Audrey by now. How could you not love Julia Denos's adorable drawings of a rosy-cheeked Audrey? Well, if you own the book but would like something more, maybe something worth framing or sending off to friends, Julia has just opened a shop with limited edition prints, both of illustrations from the book and never before seen drawings, plus a darling set of greeting cards. The prints are $50-150, while the note cards are more affordable at $25, but with all of these, proceeds go to the Audrey Hepburn Children's Fund. Isn't that great? You get something you love, you support an artist, and children in need are helped as well. Everybody wins.