Style Insights: The 21st Century Hepburn

As many of us resign ourselves to autumn boots and coats, designers and fashion journalists are already preparing for party season- the most important season of them all! Whether you’re attending the Christmas work do, holding a family gathering or hitting the town on New Year’s Eve, we’re here to help you discover how to stay bang on trend this winter.


Both on the high street and in boutique retailers, some serious sparkle is taking over. Sequin embellishments, geometric shapes, and a mix of textured materials like leather and organza are shaping the future of the fashion landscape. However shape those materials with some 1950’s tailoring, like an A line midi skirt or a swing coat, and you have this party season’s biggest trend: The 21st Century Audrey Hepburn. Combining the resources of the present with the traditions of the past creates a truly glamourous, space-age look.


Need a little inspiration? We’ve searched through our James Samson jewellery collection to find high-quality pieces, perfect for finishing off any 21st Century Hepburn ensemble.



For our first outfit, we he have paired our simple but stunning 2emme Drop Earrings with this playful Aeroplane Ballerina Gown from Merchant Archive, made in Notting Hill. The full ballerina skirt and the structured torso of the dress are elegant and appealing enough for any occasion. Paired with the classic style of a drop earring, rendered in geometric shapes, this outfit ticks all the boxes of this trend. In addition, the gold material of the earrings complements the edgy patterns of the dress’s top and completes the look.



While this Cosmic Sparkle Dress from hasn’t got the classic A-line skirt of the 50’s, it has a gorgeous off-the-shoulder neckline which Hepburn herself used to wear. The elegant midi skirt and sequined fabric adds a touch of chic to the outfit. Pair this dress with our Sterling Silver Antique Finish Drop Earrings, to continue the darker metallic shades throughout your outfit.


For a finish Audrey would be proud of, try pastel heels or metallic flats to bring your ensemble together. In bringing the past into the present, the glamourous styles of today are updated with a touch of class, to revitalise the whole reason of the season. Little details like a vintage broach or metallic nail polish can liven up your everyday outfit with the essence of the futuristic fifties, so you have no excuse not to shine!