I remember the very first time I saw a picture of Shala Monroque. I didn’t know much about her except that she was black, fierce, wearing cute kitten heels, and was featured on Tommy Ton’s siteJak and Jil which meant that she was somebody. As a matter of fact, the caption under her photo read in all caps, “KEEP YOUR EYES WIDE OPEN FOR SHALA MONROQUE. SHE’S ONE TO WATCH.” From there I knew I would be seeing more of her, for when Tommy Ton’s camera deems you a fashion star…you are a STAR!
I know this sounds cliche, but its true. Audrey Hepburn is one of my all time favorite fashion icons. She is number one on the list of all of my fashion icons. I love her! The women had a pet deer that she took to the supermarket whenever she went shopping. Really its true. I love the clothes she wore from Givenchy. She looks perfect in every movie. The fur sweater she wore in Charade was so chic. Actually the whole movie was chic. Just look at her Louis Vuitton luggage. That movie and Funny Face were perfection. I think part of the reason I wear a lot of black skinny pants with black shirts and flats was because of Funny Face. She was so graceful and composed. I think she might have gained all of that composure from her ballerina days. My parents and grandma used to laugh at me because I wanted to take Granny’s clawfoot tub and turn it into a sofa for my room just like the one Audrey had in her living room in Breakfast At Tiffany’s. I am still determined to do that whenever I get the money and my own place. Maybe I’m obsessed, but she has really influenced my life in a big and mighty way.
Photos are from Bill Willoughby.