Givenchy outfit a great way to remember Audrey Hepburn

March 21, 1996|By Elsa Klensch | Elsa Klensch,Los Angeles Times Syndicate

I am an Audrey Hepburn look-alike. I've admired her all my life and often wished I could have some memento of her.

Now I hear that Hubert Givenchy, who designed so many clothes for her movies, has done his last collection. I want to splurge and get something from it. I want an outfit I'll have forever and that will complement my now 40ish Hepburn look. What should I choose?

You're right, Givenchy designed his final collection for this spring, and clothes you are interested in are in the stores right now. Givenchy clothes have always been elegant, so that's the look to go for.

For daytime I'd choose a suit, and a House of Givenchy representative agrees:

"A navy tailored suit is a great choice from a spring collection. It looks cool and crisp right through the hot weather, and the classic shape will never go out of fashion.

"For a more gamine-Audrey look, go for a simple little dress in black or a clear pretty color. Then accessorize it the way Givenchy and Audrey did with a hat, a necklace and gloves."

It's been a tradition for three generations that the brides in my family sew their own wedding dresses. My grandmother made hers in Russia. My mother was born there, too, but married in New York and sewed her gown there. My fiance and I planned to marry next year, but as my mother is seriously ill we have moved the wedding to June.

It is very important to her that I continue our tradition, even though she knows I did not inherit a facility with the needle. I'd like to do mother proud, but what's a not-so-skilled seamstress to do?

A bridal gown is one of the most difficult outfits to make. Most brides-to-be take at least six months to do it. So I suggest you find a local dressmaker and tell her your problem. Ask her to make the body of the dress while you do the finishing. Working under a qualified sewer will give you much more confidence.

Go through bridal magazines with the dressmaker to see what you like and what would be easy to make. Then head for the stores and start trying on gowns. This will give you an idea of what suits your figure and style.

One idea to consider is to make an extremely simple dress and then buy appliques of flowers or lace and set them at the neckline, sleeves and hem.

As long as you've done some of the work, your mother is bound to be pleased. Good luck! Elsa Klensch welcomes questions from readers. While she cannot reply individually, she will answer those of general interest in her column. Send questions to Elsa Klensch, Los Angeles Times Syndicate, 218 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, Calif. 90012.

Pub Date: 3/21/96

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