Today's Fashion Icons: Who's Today's Audrey Hepburn?

by Michael Catford July 15, 2017

As a fashion icon, Audrey Hepburn is almost incomparable. A rare combination of talent and beauty, she was almost universally loved. Her fashion choices were inevitably copied, sparking instantaneous trends during her lifetime, which ended tragically early in 1993.

As a fashion icon Hepburn was somewhat of a juxtaposition. She had a cute, sweet and almost earthy way about her which allowed her fans to picture her as the girl next door. She seemed the type of celebrity who would be happy to chat with a person on the street – there was an accessibility about her that automatically drew people to her.

This contrasted interestingly with her style. Hepburn was the ultimate in effortless elegance. She forever looked as though she was on her way to a ball, but managed to retain her natural approachability all the while. She was simultaneously the high watermark of sophistication, and the girl who everyone felt would make time for them. Her signature relaxed cropped pant and low cut slipper combination is perhaps one of the most notable trends in fashion history.

So who is today’s Audrey Hepburn? Who could possibly match her in terms of fashion icon status in today’s world?

It’s an impossible task to find someone who ticks every box, but what we can do is deconstruct Hepburn’s influence and find those that might come close in each category.

So, without further ado, here are your modern day Audreys.

Sheer Influence: Kim Kardashian

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Love her or hate her, there’s no getting past Kim K in terms of sheer influence over the fashion choices of the world. With the press and social media awash with her pictures, she is by far the most analyzed and copied fashionista of today. How Hepburn would have influenced a world with Facebook and Instagram we’ll never know.

Style: Zooey Deschanel

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Cute as a button: Tick. An accessible girl-next-door: Tick. A talented actress and singer: Tick. Fashion-forward: Tick. If Audrey Hepburn was reincarnated after her passing, she’s found herself in the body of Zooey Deschanel.

Potential: Emma Watson

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If we had to pick one celebrity who has the potential to get anywhere near the complete fashion icon package that was Audrey Hepburn, Emma Watson would undoubtedly be our pick. Currently the face of Burberry, Watson has been gathering fashion followers for a long time now, and is growing into the role of fashion icon effortlessly. It’s also fair to say that both Hepburn and Watson are the most beautiful exponents of the pixie cut.

Who is the Audrey Hepburn of today? Well, you’d have to surmise that no one is, nor is anyone ever likely to be. While she may have passed almost 25 years ago, her status as a fashion icon will likely live on forever.

Michael Catford
Michael Catford


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