Friday Follies [n., pl.] postings on Fridays about fashion and food in film from guest bloggers with impeccable taste.
The indelible image of Audrey Hepburn in her sleek Givenchy little black dress, long gloves and enormous picture hat immediately comes to mind when you think of Breakfast at Tiffany’s. But equally memorable is the wardrobe of her rival for the attentions of the kept writer Paul – his soigne benefactor played by Patricia Neal. Dressed by the legendary American designer Pauline Trigere, Neal prowls and growls through her few scenes in sharply chic suits often punctuated by a turban – this is the original Lady who Lunched back when no one had to ask “does anyone still wear a hat?” There’s a wicked wit about her clothes too, most notable in the scene where she fears her husband might be having her followed. Neal enters in a black cape with its enormous rounded collar hiding half her face but topped off with a tight turban in blood red. She’s the proverbial black widow spider ready to kill. I think her drop-dead style reverberates because she’s the woman Holly Golightly might have become if she’d found her rich husband instead of wising up and crossing that moon river with Paul. And how many films give us a dialogue between two of fashion’s greats?—Vincent Boucher, fashion stylist
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