Although the show sparked some controversy on its portrayal of French people in general, “Emily in Paris” was able to win the hearts of its audience. It’s not hard to see why. With a light plot, eye candy casts, and gorgeous cinematography, the show became a big hit. And talk about fashion, we certainly wish that we own Emily’s wardrobe!
Audrey’s look is Funny Face as an inspiration
Some people compared this Netflix’s series with popular shows and movies such as Sex and the City, The Devil Wears Prada, and even Gossip Girl. Maybe the reason here is their costume designer is Patricia Field who’s now working with “Emily in Paris”. Patricia trained Eric Daman, who’s the one responsible for the wardrobe of Blair and Serena.
However, there’s one peg that viewers might have not noticed and that’s Funny Face. During an interview, Field mentioned that she’s a huge fan of the classy style icon, Audrey Hepburn. And she made use of Emily’s evening look on a gala to use Hepburn as a muse. She said, “If you look at Lily, she’s a doppelgänger of Audrey Hepburn and I’m a major fan of Audrey Hepburn. So, I was like, I’m gonna do an homage [to Hepburn in Funny Face]. In the beginning, I was wondering, ‘Do you think people would take it wrongly?’ But in the end, I think it worked.”
Funny Face is a classic film way back 1957 about the story of an unfashionable Jo Stockton then later on transformed into a model. This was nominated for Best Costume Design at the Academy Awards at that time.
There’s a particular scene where Audrey wears a Hubert de Givenchy ensemble, with her hair swept into a chic chignon. She stands on the steps of Palais Garnier, exactly where Lily Collins stood in Emily in Paris.
Field did a modern version of this look by choosing an all-black ensemble. The off-shoulder neckline dress is from Christian Siriano while the black pumps are from Cosmoparis. For the finishing touch, she added a vintage minaudiere, a shrug, and a headpiece.
The elegant headpiece is really a tennis necklace from La Compagnie du Costume (The Costume Company) and it became the center of attention.
Lily Collins also fell in love with the old-world glamour of this look. She even took to Instagram to share her excitement, long before the series even premiered. “Inspired by the best. Audrey moment a la @emilyinparis,” she writes in the caption.
In our opinion, Lily is really a spitting image of Audrey Hepburn. You cannot search for another person or celebrity that could portray Audrey but her.
What do you guys think?