La Piscine (1969) with Romy Schneider, Jane Birkin and Alain Delon

11 August 2015

Jane Birkin + La Piscine

La Piscine is a 1969 film directed by Jacques Deray that stars Romy Schneider, Jane Birkin and Alain Delon. Set during a summer holiday in the South of France, the film is famous for it’s costumes and scenery. Continue reading to view screen caps from the film.

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Vintage Inspiration: Romy Schneider Style

06 January 2014

Austrian actress Romy Schneider has certainly been featured on RDuJour a few times before, yet her classic style both on screen and off remains an on-going source of inspiration. Whether she was dressed head to toe in Chanel during the 1950s  and 60s or transitioning into mod-style shift dresses (with Alain Delon on her arm no less) Schneider’s looks epitomise the glamour of retro-European dressing. Continue reading to view additional images.

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Fashion Flashback: Romy Schneider

16 July 2010

After gaining mainstream popularity through her roles at Princess Victoria in The Story of Vicky and Elisabeth, Empress Consort of Austria, in Sissi, Romy Schneider became one of the most fashionable actresses of the mid-20th century, often appearing in classic outfits by Chanel in the early 1960s.  Continue reading to view additional images.

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Romy Schneider Chignon

06 September 2009


A perfect chignon styled here on actress Romy Schneider in 1968. The photos were taken by Jean-Pierre Bonnotte in St. Tropez during the same time Romy was filming La Piscine with Alain Delon. Continue reading for additional photos. 

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When Romy met Coco

01 September 2009



In 1961 Austrian born German actress Romy Schneider visited Chanel’s famous atelier on Rue Cambon where she was fitted for some suits by Coco. These photographs of the two women are some of my favorite vintage fashion shots. Continue reading for additional photos. 

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Holiday Guide 2011: The Sissi Collection

20 December 2011


Hunker down with the family infront of The Sissi Collection this Christmas. One of RDJ’s favourite costume drama’s the Sissi series stars the gorgeous Romy Schneider in all her youthful fabulousness. At the age of seventeen, Romy Schneider became an international star through her portrayal of Princess Elisabeth (Sissi) of Austria in the first of three lavish films directed by Ernst Marischka. The Sissi trilogy presents through heartwarming storytelling and undeniable visual beauty a Cinderella story in scrupulous detail, in three chronologically biographical films that, together, take nearly six hours to watch. Made between 1955-1957 by German director Ernst Marischka, Sissi, Sissi: The Young Empress, and Sissi: The Fateful Years of An Empress chronicle, in not-strictly historical terms, Elisabeth of Bavaria’s marriage to her cousin, Franz Josef (Karlheinz Böhm), for which she is crowned Princess of Austria and, later, Queen of Hungary. Nicknamed Sissi (Romy Schneider), Elisabeth possesses fairy tale beauty and charm, from her early days in her Austrian schlosse, where she raises dachshunds, doves, and pet deer, to her latter days as regal ambassador of love, honesty, and generosity. The three films, taken as one sprawling epic, are as saccharine and idealized as The Sound of Music, with similar alpine landscapes, rivers, and castles dotting the sets. Visit to purchase now.

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Interview with Charlotte Balme of Yvonne Yvonne

03 October 2011

Charlotte Balme is the designer behind the young Parisian handbag lable Yvonne-Yvonne. A graduate of the renowned Studio Berçot, Balme worked in the editorial departments of French fashion bibles Elle and Jalouse before branching out in to design. Recently Yvonne Yvonne’s classic looking ‘Gigi’ bag has become a cult item. Continue reading to view RDuJour’s full interview with Charlotte.

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Sophie Théallet Spring 2012 Collection

15 September 2011

Inspired by RDuJour’s favourite film-for-the-fashion La Piscine, the 1969 classic starring starring Romy Schneider and Alain Delon, New York-based Parisian designer Sophie Thaellet’s Spring / Summer 2012 ready-to-wear collection was an output of  bright, elegant dresses and nonchalant pieces of summer sportswear.

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Dior Cruise 2011 Runway

16 May 2010


The 2011 Dior cruise collection may have been delivered in Shanghai in a massive tent along the city’s famous Bund but the clothes were purely Parisian chic. John Galliano is a master at delivering the sort of retro glamour RDuJour adores, taking inspiration for such designs from the Nouvelle Vague cinematic movement and the style of it’s starlets like Francoise Hardy, Jean Seaberg, Romy Schneider, and Jeanne Moreau. Continue reading to view additional photos of some of RDuJour’s favorite looks.

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Cinema Style: The Swimming Pool

10 May 2009


I am crazy about the movie The Swimming Pool starring Romy Schneider, Jane Birkin, and Alain Delon. (Casting doesn’t get much better than that combination in my book). Like many French movies that I love the plot isn’t necessarily the driving force of entertainment for me but rather the clothes and scenery. Such is the case in The Swimming Pool where the central action concerns love fustrations between houseguests in a gorgeous villa near Saint Tropez. Many scenes of dramatic eye contact, Alain Delon being moody, and long gazing views of Romy and Jane lounging around are all acted out in such fantastic 60s attire that if I am ever asked to write a style guide the book will include two lines. Rent The Swimming Pool. Fin. 

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