Givenchy exhibition in The Hague

Hope sweaterShowing this top was way overdue. I bought it last May when I was at the 3040 Blogger meet in London. It is by Hope Fashion UK, a company which I love for its mission, its sustainability, its quality and the fact they provide nice clothes for women over 40. Read all about Hope here. The founder Nayna is a wonderful woman whom I met in person. She makes “wearable and stylish clothes in quality fabrics and fluid designs created for real body shapes and proportions”. And no, this is not a sponsored post. I bought the sweater and I am not getting paid to praise them. Anyway… I put this lovely sweater on while visiting the Givenchy exhibition in The Hague with my friend Marjolein.

Of course Marjolein, who lives in The Hague, was forced to take my pictures for this blog post. She is my friend since I was 21, which makes our friendship 41 years old.

Below: shooting blog photos before we went in. Marjolein was wearing a grey and black outfit. Adding a surprise colour with the purple boots. The cardigan served as a coat by putting the scarf on (the weather was mild).

Marjolein in grey

Below: the outfit without the scarf. Worn with a silver brooch from her grandmother.

Marjolein in grey

Below: and this is how the cardigan works when it is closed. I think it is a sophisticated and modern look. And I bet it is comfortable too.

Marjolein in grey

Below: I was wearing purple with black and white, so we matched very well.

Purple Sportmax coat

Below: the top has a nice swing to it when you turn. Skinny jeans to balance the volume of the top (and to emphasise my legs – big grin). Suede blue high heels.

Hope sweater

Below: the back. My hair was very cooperative that day.

Hope sweater

Below: the edges of the slits and the sleeves are gold. The earrings are purple with blue.

Hope sweater

Below: to spend the afternoon at the exhibition on high heels didn’t seem like a good idea, so I brought my golden booties. To reflect the gold trimmings of the top. Although this picture is blurry, it reflects the colour of the top better. I know it is blue but it has a hint of green in it.

Hope sweater

Below: and a blurry iPone photo of how I wore this top in Summer. It is a great canvas for statement necklaces.

So much for the outfits. We went into the Gemeente Museum to see the Hubert de Givenchy exhibition. The museum itself is worth a visit as it is a very pretty art deco building. The link shows you the magnificence of the Berlage building.

Below: just one example.

As you probably know, Givenchy’s muze was Audrey Hepburn. They were lifelong friends and he designed with her in mind. The exhibition showed many outfits Audrey wore in the movies she made. In the background we could see fragments from the movie where she wore the garment.

Below: the perfect white dress with embroidery from the movie Sabrina.

Givenchy exhibition in The Hague

Below: the black sleeveless dress from Breakfast at Tiffany.

Audrey Hepburn Breakfast at Tiffany's

Below: this brown hat looked so good on Audrey. We were allowed to make photographs of ourselves in a booth with that hat.

brown Givenchy hat

Below: three ladies each wore a Givenchy hat and took a picture in the booth. You should have heard them laughing and giggling. It was very infectious.

brown Givenchy hat

Below: this little girl chose the gloves and a cute cone hat for the photo. She is very serious about it.

Below: of course Marjolein and I tried one too.

Black and white Givenchy hat

Below: yes, it suited Audrey better. Everything suited Audrey better. Very limited vision with this hat though.

Black and white Givenchy hat

Below: talking about hats… gorgeous.

Black and white Givenchy hat

Below: lovely grey number. Perfect for me. Those big pockets can give me the hips I haven’t got.

Givenchy exhibition in The Hague

Below: the dress and the woman who wore it. It is completely flat at the front.

Givenchy exhibition in The Hague

Below: see? animal print was popular in the past too. Look at the belt: the imitation of claws.

Givenchy exhibition in The Hague

Below: a dangerous jacket which will not suit everybody. I like it.

Givenchy exhibition in The Hague

Below: I always love black and white.

Givenchy exhibition in The Hague

Below: did she have size zero? Or zero minus? Such a frail lady.

Audrey Hepburn

Below: very Spanish to me. And no, this is not Audrey.

Below: trouser suit. Very hot in the seventies. A bit of a party number: watch the pockets.

Givenchy exhibition in The Hague

Below: black with bright colours…. oh yes, that’s me.

Givenchy exhibition in The Hague

We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The exhibition in The Hague is until the 26th of March 2017. If you like you can see a little video “behind the scenes” with Hubert de Givenchy and the dresses. In English. Click here and scroll to the bottom.


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  1. 8 January 2017 / 16:55

    It looks like a fantastic exhibit! And how fun to be able to try on the hats…

    I like the blue sweater on you. It’s a good color. And the purple coat too!

    • Greetje
      8 January 2017 / 17:45

      I forgot to show how I wore this top in summer. I will add that too. Such a comortable piece.

  2. 8 January 2017 / 17:13

    What a fabulous exhibit…my mother & I would have enjoyed that tremendously…I think I’ll send her this post to look through! It’s so nice of you to photograph it for us!! I’m surprised they let you try on the hats, but really, how fun!
    I think what I really love about that blue tunic is the asymmetrical hemline! That’s an element that I think is so flattering on most of us! And, of course, you have the legs of a model, Greetje!!
    Thanks for the tour—we got to see it without standing in line or getting our tootsies tired!!

    • Greetje
      8 January 2017 / 17:48

      If you like this, click on the last link in the post too and go to the bottom. Lively little video behind the scenes. I love showing you stuff of my little “adventures”. I feel like a reporter. I am going to add a picture of the top in summer (just a different necklace and gorgeous pumps).

  3. Ann
    8 January 2017 / 17:25

    Thank you for the museum report and the link to the video at the exhibition site. Hepburn and Givenchy were star-crossed partnership. I speak German (but not French) so I limped along through the Dutch translation. Gott sei Dank for that. 😉

    Your friend and you were dressed very well for a luxe exhibition visit. I’m always impressed by how swanky a costume of different shades of gray comes off — with or without a splash of color. Love your blog and your spirit!

    • Greetje
      8 January 2017 / 17:50

      Have you also clicked on the last link to the “behind the scenes” video? That is in English. And I think most things of the exhibition are in English on their site. I thought I had chosen that language. But of course when Hubert himself is speaking French, we get nowhere haha.
      Glad you enjoyed it.

      • Ann
        9 January 2017 / 00:58

        Thank you, Greetje! I didn’t notice the English version. Will go back and watch it. And thank you for posting so many glorious pictures from the exhibition. Loved it all.

  4. Marianne van den Berg
    8 January 2017 / 17:46

    What a wonderful exhibit. She loved fashion like you do. She has Dutch roots. When I look at the dresses I think you can wear them today. You ladies where dressed very nicely. Your sweater has the shape I like and is the type I would choose myself. Marjolein is wearing a very elegant combination too. A day well spent. Thanks for the report dear.

    • Greetje
      8 January 2017 / 17:52

      As usual it was my pleasure entirely. I will add another picture of the top. How I wore it in summer with a big necklace. Reporting is what I love to do. And eh… the clothes were nice but oh so tiny.

  5. 8 January 2017 / 19:56

    What a fabulous exhibition! I love events like this. That last colourful dress takes my breath away… I wish I could have it. And ALL the hats. And the black and leopard trim dress.

    I adore the colour of blue of your top. The English call they Duck Egg Blue, which I always find so charming. I decorated my son’s nursery in that colour and silver, because I love it so much. It really works beautifully with your blonde hair!


    • Greetje
      8 January 2017 / 20:40

      That is the right name for the colour Duck Egg Blue. It has that hint of green in it.
      And if that last dress was for sale you would have to fight me for it. I think it is Armani (or Emporio Armani, I always get so confused) who is featuring a black pair of trousers with such (but smaller) pieces of colour in it. Have been looking at it for some time, but… frozen creditcard…

  6. 8 January 2017 / 20:03

    That’s a great reason to visit The Hague! I love these kinds of exhibitions. And the clothes are so timeless, so elegant.

    • Greetje
      8 January 2017 / 20:40

      Take some time to see the building itself too. It is gorgeous.

  7. 8 January 2017 / 20:04

    Looks like a spectacular day out with your friend Marjolein looking gorgeous in her sweater/coat. And your new top looks fantastic with skinny jeans. I had to laugh at your hair though – you often treat it like an alien being, this time a friendly one. Hahaha!! As for the museum, wow!! It’s not surprising that Ms. Hepburn was a muse. I never realized she was that teeny tiny.

    But the main thing I want to say here is I went to your FB page today for the first time. I almost never go there because I am not a member and the viewing window is really small, but it was worth it. It is entirely inspiring. THANK YOU for all those uplifting posts. I loved the choir! Hahaha! But the positivity throughout made me smile. Absolutely wonderful!

    • Greetje
      8 January 2017 / 20:44

      You know I am an entertainer at heart. And although I don’t want to paint a prettier picture than it is in reality, I accept Facebook for its cheerful appearance. And I add to that, showing wonderful and funny things.
      The choir I have been playing over and over again. Soooo funny. My goodness that girl is tone deaf.
      My hair is my Archilles’ heel. It can make or break me.

  8. Wendy
    8 January 2017 / 20:16

    Love the top …. I find myself gravitating to similar styles like that …… very flattering!
    Thank you for sharing your pictures of the museum. My heritage is dutch and I so enjoy seeing
    The pictures of various places you visit!

    • Greetje
      8 January 2017 / 20:45

      Oh you are in luck then. I often show things of Dutch towns. In the top navigation of my blog you’ll find tabs with Amsterdam and Haarlem. Well, you can guess what you will find there haha.

  9. 8 January 2017 / 20:36

    Wow. Thanks for sharing these great fashion photos. I so want that leopard print belt! It is so me!

    • Greetje
      8 January 2017 / 20:46

      And me, and thousands of others. I bet it would sell like crazy that belt.

  10. 8 January 2017 / 21:24

    What a fabulous review of this exhibition. I love the “gemeente” museum of Den Hague. Saw already quite some exhibitions here. And now I have to plan for this Givenchy exhibit 😉 I really want to try the hats!

    • Greetje
      9 January 2017 / 08:20

      It was indeed a fab exhibition. Well executed. Have a look at their website. They have fun videos on Hubert, especially the “behind the scenes”.

  11. Linda Vens
    8 January 2017 / 21:31

    I like the blue sweater. One question – I looked up HOPE and they state their sizing is UK 8-14 and 16-20. is that equivalent to American sizing??? How is UK sizing different from US? thanks

    • Greetje
      9 January 2017 / 08:27

      If you google “convert sizes UK to US” you will get the best answer. As far as I see, the US size is two sizes down from the UK (UK12 = US8). Otherwise just send Hope Fashion an email. They are very good in replying.
      I am a UK12 (European 40), with a fairly large bosom and I chose the size 8-14.

  12. Linda Henderson
    8 January 2017 / 22:07

    Thank you so much for sharing the Givenchy museum exhibit. It looks just wonderful as do you and your dear friend.

    • Greetje
      9 January 2017 / 08:29

      It was my pleasure entirely. I love to “do” reports on my “advertures”. So I am glad you enjoyed it.

  13. 8 January 2017 / 22:10

    You are so lucky to have gone to see this exhibit! I looks AMAZING!!! Wow.

    I watched both the videos, the one in French and the one in English. The French one is better. What an incredible opportunity to see all these iconic dresses.

    I’m off to look up where the exhibit will be travelling to after this.

    Thanks for sharing this!

    I really love your friend’s sweater. The colour of your sweater is quite lovely too.


    • Greetje
      9 January 2017 / 08:34

      It was so nice to see all these dresses and I thought the Gemeente Museum in The Hague did a really good job (together with Hubert himself) to show fragments of the films together with the clothes. There were a lot of clothes I would have like to posses. Which is a sign of good design, right?
      Hope it travels to Canada. Or to New York when we will be there.

  14. 8 January 2017 / 22:58

    So many great things here! I love your blue tunic/sweater – the gold trim wasn’t immediately apparent to me, so thank you for pointing it out, as it really elevates the top from just a plain piece. The colour is wonderful on you! I adore your friend’s boots and cardigan – what a lovely couple of pieces. That exhibit looks amazing – “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” is one of my all-time favourite movies. Audrey is so incredibly beautiful.

    • Greetje
      9 January 2017 / 08:45

      Oh yes, Audrey had it all: style, figure, very pretty face, talent and a lovely character. Although she was Dutch, she was not a typically Dutch woman. They are bigger and taller and blond. Generalizing here of course haha.

  15. Marilee Gramith
    9 January 2017 / 04:57

    I so love the way you sweep us up in your journey and share what you see in such an uncluttered way.
    You and your friend look so pretty and happy to be attending such a special event. This is the type of event where one could be a bit daunted by ” how to dress” but you both look perfect.
    The clothing designs worn by Audrey Hepburn were an excellent choice for sharing. She was truly an exceptional woman who wore her glamour demurely. You captured the essence of this part of the exhibition wonderfully.
    You look cool class in that duck egg blue , swing tunic. This looks like a great find because of it’s year round wearability. I think it would also be pretty with your OTN boots!! You could match your cool chunky necklace to the color of the boots!
    A very entertaining post Greetje!

    • Greetje
      9 January 2017 / 08:59

      Oh that is a good idea. Those OTK boots are really getting some use. I have already found 4 outfits to match the boots. I saw on the website of HOPE that this tunic is now 33.25 pounds in the sale.
      Audrey Hepburn is the best. She was talented, had style and a good figure, beautiful face and above all: a lovely character.

  16. 9 January 2017 / 10:00

    It is a great exhibition! And you spent the kind of days that I love:a friend, an interesting place to visit and photograph for the blog!
    Beautiful coat and perfect matching scarf! The necklace is really unique…
    Marjolein ‘s boots have a delightful colour:I love It!

    • Greetje
      9 January 2017 / 13:37

      Thank you darling. We are heading towards spring again, when the flights to Turin will start again. If you still want to see me of course.

      • 15 January 2017 / 21:46

        Of course! You are my best Dutch friend, remember?

        ( even if I am not sure we can meet in April)

        • Greetje
          16 January 2017 / 08:29

          I always smile when you say that as I am your ONLY Dutch friend haha. As far as I know, that is.

  17. 9 January 2017 / 10:47

    Thank you for taking us with you to this fabulous exhibition Greetje. Audrey was exceptionally beautiful wasn’t she? …. and Hubert was trés dishy also! You and Marjolein are very stylish, although like you, my feet couldn’t stand high heels to look around a museum. Your duck egg sweater suits you well and I love Marjolein’s cardi, very stylish and also warm looking…always a bonus with me as I am permanently cold.
    I watched the video and learned that I need to do more French homework!

    • Greetje
      9 January 2017 / 21:31

      I did give the links to the Givenchy video’s in English. Only one is mostly French. Especially the last link to the Behind the scenes is lovely.
      And yes, Audrey was everything. Beautiful and a lovely character.

      • 9 January 2017 / 22:20

        Yes thanks Greetje, I have been learning French for a while now so purposely listened to that one to see if I could understand it. If only they’d slow down…lol!

        • Greetje
          10 January 2017 / 18:21

          They never slow down. I have had French in Secondary School for 5 years. And I spent many, many holidays in France.
          Alas, I still don’t get passed two lines….?

  18. Melissa
    9 January 2017 / 11:05

    Thanks for sharing this Greetje! I am shocked you had mild weather for this. We couldn’t get up the hill the ice was so bad down here this weekend!

    I see the show runs into March so maybe a nice day trip to Den Hague, it is one city I really like. I love love Audrey Hepburn, and am so excited to see the black and white dress from the movie Sabrina, it was one of my favorite of all the dresses she wore, would be so exciting to see it live after it being the dream dress of my childhood dreams:)

    January sales started and I was a bit of a bad girl… I have to stop spending or won’t be going on any vacations this year.
    But ever since I started wearing these ortho soles, shoes have been a nightmare. I only have like 3 shoes, anyway the Austrian brand Högl I got 2 pair of suede booties, amazed because they fit my delicate (scrawny) ankles. And being suede they conform very nicely to the bunions so no pressure and no seams that irritate, with a great block heel, but not too high they have a nice natural sloop.
    I have a grey metallic miniskirt and a black fitted turtle neck I will wear to a party I have with the black suede booties. It is so nice to find feminine looking shoes for my small feet, I miss that.
    Oh and then I saw a pair of over the knee grey suede boots, (I have been wanting an over the knee boots for some time now. I didn’t hold out much hope but tried them on anyway, well they are fantastic! Huge huge discount, so of course I couldn’t leave them there like that, they were calling me…..
    I haven’t worn them yet, but I did feel a bit naughty wearing such boots:) I will be wearing them with miniskirts, but when I wear miniskirts I wear them with dark thick stockings the same color so as not to be so riske/obvious….

    I love Marjolein’s outfit, it is very similar to the style I wear, the skirt would be a bit shorter because I am so short, but the rest pretty much same.

    I love the jeans and blue suede shoes. But I have to say, I know I am almost the only one on these boards that don’t like this style shirt, I just haven’t really seen that I like it on anyone. I find no matter how they are put with outfits I find they make ladies look bigger than they are. I can say though if I have to choose, I do like how you put it together more than most:) I wasn’t going to say this, I don’t want to hurt your feelings but we are just talking preference for a style, it just isn’t mine, and nothing to do with how your sense of fashion is, because like I said this is done very nicely.

    I love when you do a fitted look, because you have such a lovely figure, and it makes you look elegant and petite. (yes even the bosom part looks smaller, an issue I always had till my reduction, I was like you small everywhere then a larger top) Of course you are very lucky with such long wonderful legs:) which balance your shape so nicely and you always dress so well to compliment your figure.

    • Greetje
      9 January 2017 / 21:42

      Well, that were a lot of compliments. Thank you very much. I have an inverted triangle bodyshape. Which means broad shoulders, large bosom (in my case), not a very small waist (83 cm), no bum, no hips. It has its challenges, but I have learned to present it in the best possible way. I don’t mind at all if you say you don’t like something. You can come right out and tell me. No apologies necessary. Of course it is a matter of preference and taste and I cannot please everybody all the time. Fitted is something which I like a lot too, but it is also nice to have something comfortable like this. As my tummy is quite prominent, lots of throusers pinch me in the belly. You don’t see that, but I feel it haha.
      And I am glad you found some nice boots for your small feet. They are a necessity.

  19. 9 January 2017 / 11:50

    That’s a lovely top, Greetje, and that museum looks like an incredible building. I know the “Beurs van Berlage” from my visits to Amsterdam. Great exhibition and you were very clever to take those booties! xxx

    • Greetje
      9 January 2017 / 21:44

      There was a lovely cloakroom where I could safely leave my heels. I should have looked at the museum itself a bit more. So nice. The Beurs van Berlage is fantastic too.

  20. 9 January 2017 / 15:45

    I especially like your outdoor look. Those skinnies with purple coat and black and white scarf is superb. Also really like Marjolein’s outfit. And yes I tend to agree with you. What didn’t suit Audrey? Such a beautiful person. Inside and out.

    • Greetje
      9 January 2017 / 21:45

      Funny. I just added that purple coat picture at the last minute. And yes Audrey was one of a kind.

  21. 10 January 2017 / 03:06

    It’s great to see you in this top Greetje – it reminds me that I still need to do a lovely post with the cute pink poncho we were given at the Blogger meet last year – so generous of “Hope” – such a lovely brand I agree with you 100%. Am thinking of teaming it up over my pink coat – lets see what happens.

    Love the fact that you met up with your friend since 21 years – that’s what I do too back in NZ – this weekend I will be catching up with one of my best friends whom I met when I was 5…OMG!!! We have led such different grown up lives but it is still wonderful catching up.

    xx Yvonne

    • Greetje
      10 January 2017 / 18:29

      I don’t know whether I told it incorrectly or whether I don’t understand you correctly. But Marjolein and I have been friends for 41 years AND have seen each other regularly during that time. It was not a reunion or so. (Language problems haha.)
      The Hope fuchsia poncho is one of my favourites. I should have stocked another one when Nikki Garnett told me they were on sale this summer haha. Never mind, mine is still good.

      • 10 January 2017 / 18:44

        Ooops – silly me – I read that you had been friends since you were 21 and incorrectly translated…please forgive;-)

        Have a fab day!

        • Greetje
          10 January 2017 / 21:54

          Oh good, I thought it was my poor English.

  22. 10 January 2017 / 21:40

    What a fabulous post Greetje! Your legs look amazing in those jeans and the top just emphasizes them even more. The neckline does indeed work perfectly to showcase a necklace too. I love the outfit with your high heels, but of course they are just not practical to wear for a full day – your gold booties are cute, just not as glamorous as heels.
    Thank you for featuring so many outfits from the show. It must have been wonderful to get so close to these clothes, and surely she must have been minute to fit into some of these waistbands. The hat shots are fun, in fact I bet you had a really fun day altogether.
    Wishing you a great week x

    • Greetje
      10 January 2017 / 21:56

      Oh yes it was a fun day. But actually every day spent with a friend is a happy day in my book. I am glad you like the outfit. Nowadays I wear the top more with necklaces. It is such a good “canvas”.

  23. 11 January 2017 / 00:19

    thanks for taking me to this grand exhibit! I love Givenchy and adored these creations, especially when the film clips were juxtaposed !
    love your blue sweater, and your fabulous skinnies- those legs!- and that you and your friend matched so well once your coat was on.
    That hat was something, and yes Audrey, was teeny tiny, a wisp of a pretty girl!
    Love that great gray coat dress with the fringe !
    xx, Elle

    • Greetje
      11 January 2017 / 07:43

      You are very much like Audrey. Just a blond version of her. You could easily wear her creations. But if that grey coat dress was for sale I would have snapped it up haha.

  24. 11 January 2017 / 19:55

    I would have fainted in the exhibit. First, I love the Hepburn/Givenchy collaboration. Second, to see that exquisite Sabrina dress….oh my, I feel light-headed just thinking about it. Lucky you. Hopefully the exhibit will make its way to Hollywood. That would make sense.

    • Greetje
      11 January 2017 / 22:19

      It would certainly make sense. I am often surprised over what great things go on in my teeny tiny country.

  25. 13 January 2017 / 21:37

    I really hope the show makes it to San Francisco; Loved the blue swing top and skinny pants; wish I had your height so I could wear that. I do so love your relaxed, elegant, and on trend styling; just right for my own personal lifestyle.

    • Greetje
      14 January 2017 / 10:09

      Thanks Geneva. I never thought you as a petite, I thought you were rather tall. Photos can lie so well. I think this look would also work for smaller women. Only the top nees to be in proportion to the legs, so with a slightly shorter hem?
      Keep your fingers crossed the exhibition comes to San Francisco.

  26. 16 January 2017 / 01:26

    I wish I could have seen this exhibit – I love all of the pieces (except for the brocade pantsuit), and it would have been wonderful to be able to try the hats! I have no hips or butt, like you, so the grey dress with the pockets would work for me too 🙂

    You know I am a fan of wearing black and grey, so I am in love with your friend’s long cardigan! I read the comment by the person who said she doesn’t like tunic tops like the one you’re wearing as she finds the shape isn’t very flattering. I would agree to a point, but the colour is lovely, and you can tell by the fit of your pants that you are not a large woman. You do look great in fitted clothing, but it’s nice to mix it up and try different shapes.

    • Greetje
      16 January 2017 / 08:27

      I totally agree with everything you said Shelley. About the black and grey cardigan,the shape of my top and the exhibition. Let’s hope it is a long lasting travelling exhibtion that also comes to your place.

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