Bombshells: Romy Schneider

I had the biggest crush on the French actor Alain Delon when I was a teenager. In 1958, Romy Schneider, then just 20, starred in the film Christine with Alain and they fell in love.  She left Germany to move to Paris to be with him and they were engaged in 1959.

Born in 1938 in Austria, she held both German and French passports. At the age of 15 she starred in her first film, When The White Lilacs Bloom Again. She then portrayed Empress Elisabeth of Austria in the Sissi trilogy. This was her breakthrough role which led her to that fateful role with Alain in 1958. They became an IT couple and soon she was attracting the attention of notable directors such as Orson Wells and Visconti. In 1963, Alain and Romy separated but remained friends until her untimely death in 1982. They would star in two more films together; La Piscine and The Assassination of Trotsky. Her Hollywood forays would include; Good Neighbor Sam and What’s New Pussycat.

 Alain and Romy together. Late 1950s.

Alain and Romy together. Late 1950s.

Romy is a style icon whose look is not locked in a certain era. I find her to be timeless, and oozing with confidence. She eases into each decade with grace, ladylike style, a large smile, and a love for Chanel.

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 With Alain in La Piscine. 1968.

With Alain in La Piscine. 1968.

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Bobbins: Label Love- Givenchy

At the age of 91, Hubert de Givenchy passed away just days ago on March 10th. As an homage to the designer that inspired me as a young teen it is fitting that he have a Label Love post. Now seems like the perfect time. 

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Hubert was born in 1927 in Beauvais, France to a noble family. He was known to be soft, polite, and debonair. He moved to Paris at the age of 17 to live his dream of being a dress designer. He apprenticed with Jacques Fath, and worked in the ateliers of Robert Piguet and Lucien Lelong. From there he went on to work for Schiaparelli and dreamed of striking out on his own. In 1952 he did and was a sensation. He created very high end but timeless, feminine looks with coordinating pieces that could be worn together.  This was a new concept at the time. His pret a porter collection would later debut in 1954. He soon set up his atelier across the street from his idol Cristobal Balenciaga. 

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The Bettina blouse (shown above) was from his first collection and was copied endlessly. French fashion model, Bettina Graziani, opened the show wearing it, hence the name.

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In 1953, Givenchy met Audrey Hepburn and created the famous dress for the film Sabrina. The story goes that when Edith Head won the oscar for costumes and did not credit Givenchy, Audrey was so upset that she decided to have his designs exclusive for her future movies. She made a wise choice and she and Hubert quickly became friends for life. 

 The iconic little black dress from Breakfast at Tiffany's. 

The iconic little black dress from Breakfast at Tiffany's. 

As a teen I adored (still do) Audrey and loved her style in every film. It is where my love of vintage clothing began. Givenchy dressed Audrey Hepburn in the following films: Sabrina (uncredited), Funny Face, Love in the Afternoon (uncredited), Breakfast at Tiffany's, Paris When it Sizzles, and Charade. 

 Audrey and Hubert in a fitting for  Funny Face

Audrey and Hubert in a fitting for Funny Face

Givenchy held financial control over his business for nearly his whole career. He sold to luxury conglomerate LVMH in 1988 and designed his last couture collection in 1995. His successor was John Galliano, followed by Alexander McQueen, Riccardo Tisci, and Clare Waight Keller who took over last March. 

Givenchy will always remain that touch of class that defined his generation. We will always be on the hunt for it. 

 Givenchy hat photographed by Frank Horvat. 1958

Givenchy hat photographed by Frank Horvat. 1958


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xo,

Karen