WWP’s all-time favourite scene in a film is that of Audrey Hepburn dancing around a smoky club in Paris maniacally, in the much-overlooked classic Funny Face. Not only is the choreography about 30 years ahead of its time and showcases Hepburn’s talent as a dancer (which like many stars of her generation, eclipses her acting abilities hands-down), the fashion is everything any lover of minimalist normcore could ever desire to achieve.
A mid-level ponytail complete with a Deschanel-esque fringe. The best eyebrows in history. A black, soft turtleneck. 7/8ths slacks. White socks paired with loafers. It’s as if the film’s stylist – just some guy called Hubert de Givenchy – transported himself forward in time 57 years to pick up a selection of catalogues from J Crew, Cos and American Apparel and recreated them amid a decade synonymous with ra-ra skirts and Christian Dior.
Of course, this film is largely remembered in sartorial circles for characterising the New Look; indeed, when I visited the V&A’s Golden Age of Couture exhibition back in 2007, they had those photoshoot scenes playing on loop in the background. But just as we as a 21st century, (hopefully) feminist audience are more sympathetic to the philosophising, intellectual Hepburn than the bimbo who ultimately gives up her morals to marry a 58 year-old Fred Astaire, her all-black outfit speaks to us more than the decadence of silky red ball gowns and the aristocracy of mid-century Paris.
Don’t take my word for it, just ask Beyonce and Gap. The video for Countdown and the 2006 advert for ‘the skinny black pant’ are both homages to the best scene in a film ever.