I can’t believe that it’s been 50 years since Ms. Holly Golightly ate her breakfast in front of Tiffany’s.
Breakfast at Tiffany’s is considered to be one of my favorite romantic comedy films of all time because this is where I first fall in love—with fashion and NYC. It is a true testament of a real classic film. For over 50 years, the film’s storyline, characters, location, and (specially) fashion have a huge influence on pop culture and continuously permeate the sense of style and (sometimes) the way of living of the society. Thus, it is timeless.
Before New York fashionistas Carrie Bradshaw and Blair Waldorf, there was Holly Golightly, the character that made Audrey Hepburn a fashion icon. Audrey’s famous Givenchy LBD (little black dress), pearls, and big “wayfarer” type of sunglasses never go out of style and in fact remain as fashion staples today. Also, the Hepburn fashion was as ageless as the famous Oscar-winning song, Moon River, which was originally written for the Audrey to sing in the movie. I will never forget that heartwarming scene wherein Audrey croons Moon River alone with her guitar by the fire exit. Such a classic! Every once in a while, I still play the Frank Sinatra version on my ipod, and my heart still melts every time I hear it.
Apart from the fashion and music, what makes Breakfast at Tiffany’s a classic? Well I think it is because the film and Audrey Hepburn herself took a very big risk. The fact that the film adapted Capote’s sensitive novel is already a gamble. In the film, Audrey portrays an escort or a call girl who parties with men for a living. In the 60’s, people are still old fashioned and these topics are considered as kind of inappropriate or immoral. Although originally handpicked by Capote to play Holly, Marilyn Monroe turned down the role since her acting coach advised her that it would be bad for her image. Breakfast at Tiffany’s is the first to break that norm and it caught the attention of many. It turned out to be a good risk since it became a success.
Until now, many young ladies like me find Breakfast at Tiffany’s relatable because we all dream of being loved and treated like a woman. So if you have the “mean reds” you should go treat yourself and watch Breakfast at Tiffany’s…it will make you feel better. Take it from me.