Trousers a la Katharine Hepburn


“If you obey all the rules you miss all the fun.” Katharine Hepburn

Inspiration can be found anywhere and in anything. Mr de Merteuil, usually finds his in art, although he’s rarely satisfied by simply looking through the many books that we have, rather he prefers to see his muses up close and has been known to travel vast distances just to feast upon one particular painting or sculpture which will give him the right direction to shoot an amazing editorial or a beauty campaign. An example of this passion being, when he once hired a car and drove us for three hours from our London pied-à-terre out into the English Cotswolds, just so that he could look at a painting by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, one of his beloved Pre-Raphaelites, because he wanted to see the colours more clearly.

My inspiration doesn’t usually involve such a drastic course of action, as I usually find what I’m looking for in the writings of my favourite authors or costume styling from old Hollywood films. As it so happens, the last three films that I watched, or rather re-watched, have one thing in common, Katharine Hepburn, who is the star in all of them. The Philadelphia Story, Woman of the Year and Bringing Up Baby, are not only hugely entertaining in their use of caustic dialogue but also visually beautiful and definitely inspirational as far as my wardrobe is concerned. My beloved Adrian is the genius behind the breath-taking gowns in two of the aforementioned films and Howard Greer created the gowns in Bringing Up Baby. It is not the beautiful gowns however that I would like to draw your attention to, but rather the wide-leg trousers that are worn by Kate in many of the scenes.

A strong personality on and off screen, beautiful, intelligent and unconventional (for some even eccentric), Katharine Hepburn preferred comfortable wide-leg trousers, loafers and men’s shirts, over ball-gowns.  She made the very masculine look incredibly chic and is one of my greatest inspirations, going head to head with Marlene Dietrich, when it comes to looking casually chic, even masculine and yet bringing it together into an incredibly sexy look, that creates a truly empowered feminine image.


Katharine Hepburn

Katharine Hepburn style

Katharine Hepburn style

Katharine Hepburn style

Katharine Hepburn style

For the Trousers a la Katharine Hepburn look I opted for:

Vivienne Westwood wide-leg trousers

Vivienne Westwood top

Fendi sandals

Megumi – O sunglassses

Wide leg trousers

Dominique de Merteuil photographed by Gregory Michael King

Dominique de Merteuil photographed by Gregory Michael King

Fendi Pumps

Megumi O sunglasses

Fendi pumps



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