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 Amazon.com to purchase now.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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