The New Look

This post is in collaboration with Shoetopia

*All opinions are my own*

I was a highly impressionable and absorbent child. I quickly became immersed in the “world” with which I chose to surround myself. At eight years old my world included Barbies, Bratz, MyScene, America’s Next Top Model, and drawing my dreams of a 3 in 1 boutique, salon, and restaurant. I grew an intense love for fashion, beauty, and glamor. These activities were the extent of my playtime and the source of my daydreams for years.

I continued to play with Barbies, in secrecy, until I was thirteen! When I was enlightened by the fact that no one my age still played with Barbies, I decided to reinvent myself. I had to mature my taste and let go of my juvenile pastime. (At least if I wanted to “fit in”) Like the great Stanislavski, I worked from the outside in. I educated myself about the fashion world by researching designers that were written in Gossip Girl and the Clique series. I lived by and inhaled my monthly Teen Vogue subscription. I took up French.

While there were many great tools available to educate myself, I also looked to the past to learn about the history of the fashion industry. I watched old movies to accurately see period clothing and not just depictions. My greatest obsession became Audrey Hepburn. The first movie of hers I saw was Sabrina. The classic story of a young, flighty girl blossoming into a beautiful, well-rounded woman captivated me. Moreover, the costumes enthralled me!

Sabrina solidified the lifelong relationship between Givenchy and Audrey Hepburn and I am forever grateful. I cannot justly express the adoration I feel when seeing the beautiful gown Sabrina wore when meeting David (rather Linus) at the tennis courts. The clothing Hubert de Givenchy designed for her was/is absolutely breathtaking.

Audrey and I became a package deal, much like Givenchy and Audrey. Well, not really. It, of course, wasn’t reciprocal, but I became devoted to learning about her life and watching her movies. Audrey was never too far away from me in conversation and thought. I would rattle off random facts at any moment and any semblance of her excited me. I admired the elegant, gentle, and selfless person she was. Her personality perfectly accompanied and supported her style. Though slim, classic lines, tea length dresses, tailored clothing, and pointed flats were the prevalent style in the 1950s, I immediately think of Audrey Hepburn. She was a whole brand.

I’ve been working on my brand myself and wanted to use this collaboration as an opportunity to better refine my styling. Yet, I scrolled through the selections without any clear inspiration only an end goal. I wanted to create an impactful and intentional look centered on my chosen shoe. I scrolled past these flats and rejoiced at finding the perfect simple, everyday shoe. I analyzed the style of these shoes and an idea immediately clicked: I would pay homage to Audrey Hepburn with an elegant, timeless look!

These flats perfectly complement classic styles like that of the 1950s. I paired them with the sheer A-line maxi top (worn as a dress) as a modern interpretation of Dior’s “New Look.” The New Look is a tea length, flared skirt silhouetted dress with exaggerated “hips” created in 1954 and made popular in 1956. This style was worn by Audrey Hepburn in Sabrina and is just as much associated with her as the picturesque sheath dress in Breakfast in Tiffany’s. She was often the model of new fashions.

I often wonder how late icons’ fashion would evolve. How would Audrey Hepburn fit into 2017? Would her fashion choices still be considered revolutionary? Could she have a Celine Dion-esque comeback? I’m not sure, but I’m sure Audrey would like to know her style has evolved and extended beyond her time. It’s reached a young, curvy, black woman like me. Having proven that her past has significance and my past incited the catalyst to my current fashion ventures. A cyclical impact.

Details: Lashanti Unitard (Pretty Little Thing) // Kelly Spotty Maxi Top (Boohoo) // Ballet Flats (Shoetopia) // Cat Eye Sunglasses (Boohoo)

About Shoetopia

Shoetopia is a shoe company based out of Los Angeles, California. Their initiative is to provide affordable shoes and they believe that “fashionable shoes don’t have to be expensive!”

Truly, their shoes are incredibly affordable! The shoes I received were cute in the picture but they were absolutely adorable in person! The faux suede was more buttery than expected. It didn’t scream “cheap” which I was really impressed by. I would say they are comparable to JustFab quality and comfort. I like the shoes I chose and look forward to giving my body a break from heels with such a cute alternative!

 

  • Scotti August 24, 2017 at 3:42 pm

    I love the questions you posed about what Audrey’s style would be in 2017. Would like to hear more of your thoughts about that 🙂

    • Sydney Nichelle August 28, 2017 at 5:45 pm

      Thanks! It’s hard for me to imagine, but I feel as though her style wouldn’t evolve much. I don’t think her style would be outdated, but not riveting. Kind of like Julie Andrews. She always looks great, but it’s not cutting edge. I could see her being in close relations to Karl Lagerfeld and the Givenchy brand still. Perhaps even a chair at the Met Gala!

  • Amy Colgan-Niemeyer August 28, 2017 at 4:07 pm

    Lovely piece. We grow and change with the times. I often wonder how past icons would fit into this society. The times were so different, yet, the same in some ways.

    • Sydney Nichelle August 28, 2017 at 5:47 pm

      Thank you! Yes, I agree! It’s something I often think about because I believe part of these icons’ success was due to the era. I don’t see their respect transcending time just because the basis of our celebrity idolatry is so very different now.

  • AfuaGyapomaa Bampoe August 28, 2017 at 5:23 pm

    Oh shoes , one of my favourite things. Beautiful post

    • Sydney Nichelle August 28, 2017 at 5:50 pm

      Me too! Thank you!!

  • Christine August 28, 2017 at 6:11 pm

    Great post! I love your style of writing, so classy yet so fresh 🙂 The personal story of how your style and interest in fashion evolved is very interesting and you describe it without losing my interest for a second..

    • Sydney Nichelle August 28, 2017 at 7:26 pm

      Thank you so much! I appreciate your feedback! 🙂

  • Bernice August 29, 2017 at 6:15 am

    I’m loving this LA designed shoe and your cute poses!

    Bernice | IG @bunnybernice
    https://www.bunnybernice.com/single-post/2017/08/29/MuLondon-Cleanser-and-Moisturiser-Review

    • Sydney Nichelle August 29, 2017 at 4:47 pm

      Thank you!

  • Sydney August 29, 2017 at 6:18 am

    Loooove those flats! They’re classic yet contemporary at the same time! You look great!

    • Sydney Nichelle August 29, 2017 at 4:48 pm

      I agree! Thanks Sydney!

  • Michaela August 29, 2017 at 6:54 am

    Love the shoes babe . And omgosh I loved barbie dolls growing up. Even Bratz dolls 😍 I kinda wish I never threw them away 😩

    Michaela | http://www.graceandcoy.com

    • Sydney Nichelle August 29, 2017 at 4:49 pm

      Thank you! Omg, same! I had so many!

  • Joanna August 30, 2017 at 12:23 am

    Your style of writing is so beautiful! I don’t even personally know you, but I can tell from your style that you are classy, smart AND beautiful! Hmm.. like Ms. Hepburn!

    Thank you for sharing facts about yourself and your fashion style is amazing!

    • Sydney Nichelle August 30, 2017 at 7:40 am

      Thank you so much! That means a lot to me!