It is nearly impossible to speak of Audrey Hepburn and find someone who hasn't been inspired by her style or compassion. It is quite possible, however, to overlook her family legacy. In this month's issue of Harper's Bazaar, we're given insight to the life of a young artist who just so happens to be the beloved Audrey's granddaughter.
At age 20, Emma Ferrer is a third year art student at the Florence Academy of Art. She doesn't appear to have aspirations of acting, nor the unpleasant stigma of being born into a famous family line. In fact, she believes living in Florence since her mid-teens has shielded her from that. What she does have is a persona-- from what can be captured through this article-- that is amiable and curious.
"I've been questioning a lot lately what she means to me. I knew her image, of course, and that I happened to be, by pure chance, related to her."
As Audrey's oldest grandchild, Emma relates to her grandmother through the stories told by her father, Sean Ferrer. Her father says both his mother and daughter are similar in that they share the same love for ballet, and a knack for comedy. Perhaps when she takes the rare moment to watch one of her grandmother's films, such as her favorite, Funny Face, it's the comedy that appeals to her. When it comes to the actress Audrey Hepburn, however, Emma says she enjoys her just as anyone else would-- a romantic artistry no doubt. Any other time, her memories rely on the family stories, and her grandmother's cashmere turtlenecks she wears each winter.
For the cover, the famous turtlenecks are set aside. Instead, Emma so elegantly dons an amazing jacket from Ralph Lauren Collection and Bucellatti earings. The simplicity of her makeup, done by Armando Cherillo for Pier Giuseppe Moroni, accentuates her distinct features, and her up-do, crafted by Martina D'Andrea, is sleek.
There isn't much mention of photographer Michael Avedon whose work can be seen here. And no presumptuous claim that he might take Emma as muse, such as his grandfather took Audrey. Still, there's always the possibility of future collaborations as the Florence darling is soon to relocate to NYC where the young Avedon resides.
Surely we'll become more acquainted with Emma once she's stateside. For her art, most likely, but maybe one day, her style.
xo | din
Pick up your copy of Harper's Bazaar's Fall Fashion Issue today for the fashion details and full story by Pamela Fiori.
|Harper's Bazzar Newsstand Cover, Sept. 2014 | Lady Gaga|
photos | Michael Avedon for Harper's Bazaar
fashion editor | Joanna Hillman