Cinematic footwear: Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s

The first post in our new blog series presented Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday as an example of how footwear and film mutually inspire one another. In today’s post, we are going to delve further into the world of cinematic footwear by taking a peek at Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

Audrey Hepburn’s partnership with Givenchy in Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961) catapulted the little black dress and kitten heels onto the fashion scene as symbols of timeless elegance. Do you know where this outfit originated?

Audrey Hepburn and Hubert de Givenchy met in 1954 and became an inseparable team. When Hepburn was cast to play Holly Golightly, the New York socialite created by Truman Capote, the actress and designer teamed up to create a look for the ages.

El calzado en el cine: Audrey Hepburn en Desayuno con Diamantes - Escena calle

Two little black dresses inspired by the fashion canons of Coco Chanel appear in the film. As Riccardo Tisci explained in his time as Givenchi’s creative director, these creations were characteristic of the 60s and had a marked Parisian flare.

The same goes for the accessories Audrey Hepburn wears on screen, from her pearl necklaces to her enormous black sunglasses by designer Oliver Goldsmith, her oversized hats and her trademark long black satin gloves.

However, if there was one item that dazzled alongside the little black dress, it was without a doubt Audrey’s shoes. The low heels the actress dons in the film are called kitten heels, as they are typically used to train one’s feet before switching to higher heels.

El calzado en el cine: Audrey Hepburn en Desayuno con Diamantes - Zapato

Audrey Hepburn proved that these heels could be stylish in their own right. In fact, these black, crocodile-skin shoes became a signature of elegance and the perfect finish to any little black dress outfit.

There’s no doubt about it. Just take a look at Audrey as she eats breakfast and gazes at the Tiffany’s shop window.

El calzado en el cine: Audrey Hepburn en Desayuno con Diamantes - Look

At O.SUR, we are big fans of these shoes and find them to be a great source of inspiration! We too champion the use of glamorous yet comfortable heels, which you can see in our Cannes model, for example. These sophisticated, jet black pumps have a 4-cm heel and combine satin and elastic mesh. So what’s stopping you from pairing them with your favourite little black dress?

In our next post we are going to continue our journey through the world of footwear and film by looking at Brigitte Bardot’s awe-inspiring rise to stardom, which occurred largely thanks to the footwear she helped to create.

We are of course referring to the film And God Created Woman, in which the French actress flaunts a pair of fabulous ballet flats that caused such a stir they ended up on display in one of the world’s top museums. Interested? Keep an eye out on our blog!


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