Deanna Littell's Charm School

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In Editor's Desk on June 21, 2010 at 6:55 pm


Breakfast At Tiffany’s and all it’s charm is once again being written about. “FIFTH AVENUE, 5 A.M.”, by Sam Wasson, is about the making & influence of this iconic film with our favorite legendary photo of Audrey on the cover-we all call her Audrey because we feel she is our friend or could be-standing in front of Tiffany’s window at 5:00 A.M. with a take-out cup of coffee in one hand & a Danish held in the other long-black-glove-clad hand, still dressed in last night’s long black gown & pearls. Her iconic LBD designed by Hubert de Givenchy, was an indelible contribution to the 60’s fashion scene. Nothing was so charming as Holly in that dress with the glamourous sunglasses & big black hat.

We all wanted to be Audrey, to dress like she did, look like she did, charm like she did, and live a life like she did. What was her secret? She became an icon (or Holly Golightly did) & Tiffany’s became one too.

Wasson’s view is that the sexually independent, fun, glamourous, and emotional sides of a woman were not shown on-screen before Audrey.  The subtext of  materialism & sexual freedom were a form of liberation for women & a precourser to Sex And The City (SATC). No raunchy Marilyn Monroe (famously wanted for the role by Truman Capote) for this studio. They saw the charm of Audrey & rewrote history in 1961 (Sex & the Single Girl, Helen Gurley Brown’s ground breaking book wasn’t released until 1962) and made it officially exceptable to be single & have an active sex life. Only someone with Audrey’s charm could have pulled this off. She turned Holly from from a hooker into an icon.

Rent the movie, curl up in your terry cloth robe, & imagine you’re leading the young, single & glamorous life.

I’ll be doing the same. See you next month,