Jean Shrimpton might have been the face of 1967, but 1968 belonged to Olivia Hussey. It was the year she co-starred in Franco Zeffirelli’s Romeo and Juliet. His timing was perfect, as the world was still enamoured with all things British. Olivia was the perfect Juliet with her long dark hair and expressive eyes.
The Yardley people knew a cosmetics star when they saw one, and in 1968 their ads were all about Olivia/Juliet. They even had a line of lipfrosts they called the Poetry Collection:
Yardley’s new Poetry Collection: Nine tender lipfrosts designed to make a Juliet of you. And a Romeo of him.
Interesting, but this ad for lipstick showed a young woman whose makeup was all about the eyes. That was the late 1960s for you!
For all of 1968, it seemed that Olivia Hussey and Leonard Whiting, who played Romeo, were everywhere. They were featured in magazines like Seventeen, and of course in the fan magazines like 16 and Tiger Beat. And they must have sold a million of the poster that showed the pair touching palms.
It was right in step with the direction that fashion was heading. After the straight silhouette and graphic feel of the Mod look, girls were ready for a softer, more romantic style. What better than Romeo and Juliet to put us in the proper mood?