I've been an ardent admirer of Hubert de Givenchy from the day I met him while browsing in the original Henri Bendel emporium on 57th Street. He smiled warmly, was very gracious and we chatted a little about monogram stationery, which I was not buying - I wish - but he was. Mr. Givenchy was a dashing figure at 6'6", with a shock of white hair and classically elegant in his signature green loden coat.
Mr. Givenchy's passing this week has thrown me into waves of nostalgia for the personal grace, style, elegance he exuded and translated into creations for his muse, Audrey Hepburn and other high profile ladies such as Jackie Kennedy and the Duchess of Windsor.
I first learned about Hubert de Givenchy, the French couturier through Audrey Hepburn's movies and yes Breakfast at Tiffany's is one of my all time faves and watching it would invariably send me into high-fashion heaven daydreams.
Mr Givenchy and Ms Hepburn enjoyed a remarkable partnership, which began early in their careers and, apparently from the very beginning she wanted him to dress her exclusively for her movies which included "Funny Face," "Love in the Afternoon," "Paris When it Sizzles," "How to Steal a Million," "Charade," and "Love Among Thieves." She has said that Mr. Givenchy's designs gave her the confidence to play her parts, or to step onstage before thousands of people to promote a charity, as retold by Vanessa Friedman, New York Times.
These two, as Vanessa Friedman accurately classifies them, were the Original Brand Ambassadors, that has become the gold standard of almost every brand. However, it's impossible to imagine that kind of partnership which endured for over 40-years could exist today!