One of Hepburn's most iconic films, Funny Face (full review here)- unlikely as it sounds!- actually tells a true(ish) story! Photographer Richard Avdon really did meet a girl in a drab but somewhat intellectual setting and decide she could be a great model. With Fred Astaire playing a thinly-veiled version of Avdon in the film, you can bet there is more to it than that, but actually Richard Avdon himself was heavily involved in what is arguably the best part of the film- the clothing and photo shoots of Ms. Hepburn, which remind us why Paris is Always a Good Idea.
Coat, Sweater, Pants, Shoes, Necklace
Hepburn plays Jo, a bookish girl at heart who has more interest in the esoteric counter-culture than in Vogue's pop-culture fashion. Dressed all in black she gives Astaire a run for his money dressed all in black. To pull off a similar monochrome look is simple- a turtleneck sweater and cigarette pants create a strong foundation and on those dancing feet are mannish loafers- no socks! An unexpected flash of flesh adds a allure even if it is only your foot. Since Jo is in Paris a trench coat is also a must. She- and you- might don a loose one like this. Unstated jewelry finishes off this subtle beatnik look.
There's a whole montage of photographs and delicious outfits and sumptuous settings in the film, but this one remains a favorite because it has a timeless appeal. After all, what could be more cheerful or charming than a floral frock is warm tones and a large sunhat to keep your complex fresh? Add in some brown wedges and you're ready for the flower market just like Hepburn is.