None other than Givenchy himself! You'll forgive me for jumping straight into things, but I never was good at holding in good news. Anyway, it's been revealed today that the winning bidder on Audrey's little black dress from Breakfast at Tiffany's was none other than its creator (and model's best friend) Hubert de Givenchy. He had originally donated it to Dominique Lapierre, the founder of City of Joy, a charity helping impoverished children in India, and now he has bought it back again, putting himself out £450,000 along the way. Personally, I'm shocked but extremely happy. We don't have to worry about some tartlet parading about in the dress on her way to a nightclub, or some other horrible fate. It actually brought a tear or two to my eye when I found this out, since it was so touching that Givenchy would go through all of this to help a friend. No wonder Audrey loved him so.
The next article is also about the dress, this time from a woman who made sure to see the dress in person at Christie's shortly before it was sold. It's a very good article about the thrill of seeing this piece of history in person, and she also gives a good history of the Little Black Dress, along with quotes from modern designers who help women decide on what makes a good LBD. You can read the whole article here.
The last article is yet another piece on Audrey's lasting power (along with a mini biography), but what made it stand out to me is the fact that it claims that Paramount is coming out with a new Audrey boxed set just in time for the holidays. This one is supposed to be a 5-disc DVD set called The Elegance Collection, yet I can't seem to find any information on it. It's possible the author was confused and was thinking about The Audrey Hepburn Collection, but that's a 3-disc set. Either way, the article provides a quick rundown on all of the new Audrey merchandise to come out lately, so if you weren't sure what to get the Audrey fan in your life, that might be worth looking into.