Monthly Archives: September 2009

Fire and Cream from Strange Invisible Perfumes…and a “sniff” event for Angelenos



Tysa Trunk Show at Broken English!

Broken English

Fashion Icon of the week: Romy Schneider in Sissi!

romy_schneiderHeadShotI first became a fan of Romy Schneider when I saw her in Woody Allen’s What’s New Pussycat? Surrounded by an array of fabulously beautiful women–Ursula Andress, Capucine, Paula Prentiss–I watched Schneider and Peter O’Toole tear through the countryside in go-carts, shimmy like eels in French nightclubs, and play “Foreign Movie Time” in the shower. (Could someone please tell me what “Foreign Movie Time is?) The film is dated and bizarre, but charming.

romy-schneider-as-sissiThanks to Netflix Instant, I recently watched Schneider’s breakout film, the German-language Sissi. It’s a classic that’s played every Christmas in Austria. The fashion in the film puts “Gone With The Wind” to shame; it embodies a glamorous mix of 50s fashion and period costume. Even on film, you can see the quality of the fabric. One of my pet peeves is that many of today’s period films use  cheap textiles that create a theatrical quality.

Schneider was only 16 when she played the role of  Princess Elisabeth of Bavaria, eventual Empress of Austria and Queen of Hungary and Bohemia, and she’s as pure and airy as the driven snow in the film.

SissiElisabethThe real-life empress was also something of a fashion hound, reportedly traveling the world (Madeira, Hungary, England, Corfu, Egypt, etc.) and shopping relentlessly. She often stopped at the famous Hungarian boutique, Antal Alter, which was popular in the 19th-century.

I’ve tried to find a few clips from Sissi to share, but I’m unable to locate one with English subtitles. Instead I’ve included a German clip and another in Italian to satisfy the germanic and the latinate palates.


In Italian:

In German:

HH Design Sample Sale in NYC! September 18th-20th

Hayden-Harnett’s Fall Cleaning
Warehouse & Studio Sale

when: friday-sunday, September 18th-20th

where: both HH design:shop locations
brooklyn: 211 franklin street, greenpoint
manhattan: 253 elizabeth street, btwn houston and prince

time: 12-8 p.m. daily

what: Amazing sales and bargains on samples, past season merchandise, one-of-a-kind items, vintage items, and bizarre space oddities that need a new home. All spring-summer 09 collection apparel, bags, shoes, and accessories will be 60-80% off.