New York : Imitate Audrey Hepburn by having breakfast at Tiffany
The image is one of the most iconic of 1960s cinema. In the opening scene of Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn) enjoys a croissant on the street staring at the window of the famous New York jewellery store Tiffany. This movie is the screen adaptation of the same named novella by Truman Capote.
The author has never hidden the fact that he would have prefered to see Marilyn Monroe star in the movie. “The book was really rather bitter, and Holly Golightly was real - a tough character, not an Audrey Hepburn type at all. The film became a mawkish valentine to New York City and Holly, and as a result, was thin and pretty, whereas it should have been rich and ugly”, he declared in an interview for Playboy.
Only three pieces of the Givenchy's dress
Nonetheless, the movie won over a wide audience and Audrey Hepburn played an active role in this success. She, by the way, imposed the black satin pencil dress worn by Holly in the famous opening scene, created by her friend Hubert de Givenchy.
Only three pieces were tailored and two were worn by the actrice. Known to be one of the most famous dresses in the history of cinema, one of them was sold for 467.000 pounds, or 607.720 euros, December 5th 2006. It’s a record amount for a movie costume sale.
As we mention in our Guide New York of 1000 cult movie, series, music, comics, novel locations, Tiffany exceptionally opened its doors on a Sunday, a first since the 19th century, for the filming. For this occasion, the store hired 20 safety agents to keep an eye on the crew working amid several million dollars worth of jewellery !
Breakfast at 29$ to imitate Holly Golightly
As a reference to this mythic movie from 1961, the 5th Avenue jewellery store opened on November 10th the Blue Box Cafe on the 4th floor of its main shop. It is now possible to have breakfast for $29 or lunch for $39 while admiring Central Park in a chic decor.
The famous turquoise blue of the brand, or “Tiffany blue” is of course everywhere. Many objects of this color decorate the walls where miniature versions of Tiffany & Co windows are replicated. If you are an unconditional fan of the brand, you will even be able to enjoy a cake shaped like the Tiffany & Co blue box for $36 (read the menu). It’s quite pricy, but Holly Golightly would have certainly loved it.