Audrey's favorite designers were Givenchy and Ralph Lauren for clothing and Ferragamo for shoes. She also liked Louis Vuitton bags.
A very important and major component of her style can be attributed to Hubert de Givenchy. Givenchy started designing her dresses since the film Sabrina (1954). This collaboration converted into a lifelong friendship and partnership. Audrey was often a muse for many of his designs and her style became renowned internationally.
Givenchy gave me a look, a kind, a silhouette. He has always been the best and he stayed the best. Because he kept the spare style that I love. What is more beautiful than a simple sheath made an extraordinary way in a special fabric, and just two earrings?"
~ Audrey Hepburn
Givenchy created her outfits for many other films, including Funny Face
, Love in the Afternoon
,Breakfast at Tiffany's
, Paris When It Sizzles
and How to Steal a Million
. Givenchy subsequently created a perfume for her titled L'Interdit ( 'Forbidden' in French).
Italian shoe designer Salvatore Ferragamo created a shoe for her and made her an ambassador of his fashion house while honouring her in an exhibition in 1999 dedicated to the actress titled 'Audrey Hepburn, a woman, the style'.
During her later years in life, Ralph Lauren's Polo shirts and khaki pants with Keds flats were her best friends for her Gardens of the World Series and numerous UNICEF trips. Audrey Hepburn opted to sport a more casual look and favoured Lauren's creation. Hepburn presented him with a Lifetime Achievement Award (through the Council for American Fashion Designers, left) in 1992. Ralph Lauren released a coffee table book with Audrey's speech on Ralph's work as the foreword.
In 1965 Audrey Hepburn requested Louis Vuitton to create a smaller version of the Speedy for her to use as a day to day bag. The Louis Vuitton Speedy was originally designed as a smaller version of an on-the-go luggage bag and thus was born the Speedy 25, the smallest of 4 sizes of the purse, though the original Speedy 30 is still the most popular size.