Her recent nomination for the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund thrust Sofia Sizzi’s Giulietta further into the spotlight than ever before. It also forced her to think about what makes her label her label. The answer—a commitment to sixties silhouettes, modernized but not unnecessarily overhauled—made for a pre-fall collection that pared back some of the excesses of Spring. It had grown, Sizzi explained, out of a Fashion Fund challenge that asked her to design something with Tiffany & Co. in mind. She thought of Breakfast at Tiffany’s—the nexus of the sixties and the jeweler—and the rest is history, right down to the cat print inspired by Holly Golightly’s poor, unloved cat, Cat. (In the lookbook, the role is played by Sizzi’s own kitty, Ophelia.)
Audrey Hepburn’s film wardrobe was famously provided by Hubert de Givenchy; its pièce de résistance, the now-iconic LBD. Sizzi’s own version kept the satin sheath shape but simplified the back and added a sweetheart neckline and jeweled collar to the front. Other pieces nodded at couture work, like the pink party dress with a full crinoline skirt, but the best were the simple cigarette pants and tunic or the gray flannel T-shirt with matching car coat, each printed—rather than embroidered—with those same jewels. Too simple for Holly. Just right for Giulietta.