HEP – Be more Audrey
HEP was designed specifically for Audrey Hepburn in the 1963 American romantic comedy Charade and is oh so very chic. Timeless, entirely elegant, and a perfect representation of Hepburn herself, it’s set to become one of our most iconic pieces.
Charade, directed by Stanley Donen, stars Carey Grant and Audrey Hepburn in a repartee that became infamous. The sparkling screenplay was filmed on location in Paris and the costumes and wardrobe of the dynamic duo is mesmerising. Hepburn plays Regina “Reggie” Lampert, a Parisienne whose husband is murdered and has hidden away his fortune. The film is a murder mystery, a playful, edge of the seat ‘who done it?’ – but it is Reggie’s wardrobe that wins the award for most wanted.
Featuring a fabulous array of Givenchy clothes, our first glimpse of the HEP sunglass is of Audrey sporting sixties-style ski clothes in the opening scene. Swathed in a fur coat and matching pillarbox hat, her sunglasses sit stylishly on top of a chocolate brown balaclava that only Hepburn could make look chic. The classic lines and timeless elegance of this frame give it universal allure and it has the wonderful ability to suit many different faces.
Oliver Goldsmith shared a spectacular relationship with Audrey Hepburn throughout the 1960’s, designing frames not only for Charade, but many of her other films such as How To Steal A Million and most famously for her character Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. It was often a collaborative process, with Hepburn and Goldsmith sharing an equalled passion for style and design. Hepburn was regularly photographed wearing her Oliver Goldsmith sunglasses, both on and off screen. Some of her favourites were the OOPS and YUHU, both completely different styles, but her mesmerising beauty and natural flair for fashion always gave her a magnetism like no other. She was unrivalled in her ability to make anything she wore shine and HEP is a perfect example of just that. Understated yet highly glamourous, the subtle sculpting and shaping of this sunglass are brought to life through her facial features and sartorial brilliance.
HEP was originally designed for Charade in 1963 then released into the Oliver Goldsmith collection in January 1964. After 57 years, this beautiful sunglass is finally back and ready for pre-order. So, summon your inner Hepburn and be the first to wear these truly perfect frames.