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La Piscine

by habituallychic

01 . 08 . 11
The new Spring 2011 ads for Salvatore Ferragamo were just released this week. Creative Director Massimiliano Giornetti said this collection was inspired by the 1969 French film La Piscine (The Swimming Pool) and he wanted to portray “that free-spirit, bohemian, gypsy attitude.” I thought it might be fun to continue our warm weather posts with a look at this chic film.  It stars Romy Schneider and Alain Delon as a couple spending their August holiday at a villa neat St. Tropez.  After her ex, Maurice Ronet, shows up with his daughter played by Jane Birkin, things take a dark turn.  As the title suggest, most of the movie revolves around the pool and Romy Schneider’s tan skin and orange lip gloss remind me of an Estee Lauder beauty ad.  What’s really amazing is that all of the clothes, except for Alain Delon’s tight swim trunks, are completely timeless.  It’s no wonder that fashion designers are inspired by La Piscine.  I wish it was warm enough for a dip in the pool today!

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  1. Babs Blog January 8, 2011 | 5:54 pm

    Incredibly chic—love the clothing! I am off to find a place to rent that movie…

  2. quintessence January 8, 2011 | 6:04 pm

    Love the new Ferragamo collection – I think Giornetti is doing terrific things there. This is such a great era for chic films. No wonder so many designers channel these pictures and their stars for collections. I have a similar plan for something next week.

  3. My Castle in Spain January 8, 2011 | 6:37 pm

    oh i love this movie…Romy Schneider is at her top in it, absolutely solar and radiant with beauty..
    i see in your widget that you featured La Chamade earlier, another French movie jewel 🙂
    Thank you for this sunny escapade!

  4. Modern Country Lady January 8, 2011 | 6:50 pm

    Poor Romy- such a tragic life !!!

  5. fashionable palette January 8, 2011 | 11:30 pm

    The French do everything so fashionably.

  6. Emily Amy Gallery January 8, 2011 | 11:42 pm

    Can’t wait to run out and rent the movie…

  7. Julia R. Dominguez Lawrence January 9, 2011 | 12:23 am

    I had the biggest crush on Alain Delon when I was a teenager living in Spain, I’m sure I saw this movie sometime in the seventies, don’t remember though. I’ll have to look for it, thanks for sharing this, brings back so many memories!

  8. Francine Gardner January 9, 2011 | 12:51 am

    one of my favorite movies…

  9. Karena January 9, 2011 | 2:02 am


    So stylish and really timeless, I must see it again!

    Art by Karena

  10. Susan M. Jamieson, ASID January 9, 2011 | 12:03 pm

    I loved that movie. I saw it in the theater. I’ll rent it again on iTunes.

  11. jones January 9, 2011 | 1:08 pm

    A classic–the sixties were such a time of expansion and creativity and nobody did it better than the French. Love the green and yellow dress. Mary

  12. Michael January 9, 2011 | 3:12 pm

    A brilliant film. And Romy Schneider’s beauty is at its glowing best here; I don’t think she ever looked better. And she’s in great shape too, long before the let’s-get-physical fitness culture exploded onto the Hollywood and later world scene.
    Thanx for posting,

  13. Splenderosa January 9, 2011 | 4:28 pm

    OMG, time stood still. Amazing how much Romy looks like Natalia Vodianova isn’t it? Beautiful, Heather. xx’s

  14. Bold and Beautiful January 9, 2011 | 4:48 pm

    I loved this post and I can see why this movie is so inspiring. All of the clothing and the make up is somthing I would want to wear today! Now I have to rent that movie.

  15. Lauren A. Flax January 10, 2011 | 3:07 am

    Love Love Love!

  16. Claudia Juestel February 2, 2011 | 6:49 pm

    I have been a fan of Romy Schneider since I was a little girl and first saw her in “Sissy”.

    Such a beauty, so much sadness.

    Thanks for the reminder, have to add it to Netflix for a reviewing. As for the tight swim trunks, only Americans seem to be be appalled.



  17. Romeo Juárez Carreón January 30, 2013 | 7:24 pm

    “La Piscine” is a masterpiece, the characters are tremendously intelligent and Machiavellian. Marianne is unpredictable but she devours hearts, Jean-Paul is a failed writer then Life is non-sense, Harry is the vanity of a brain and a humor almost perfect, Penelope is the perverse girl dressed as an angel… I love this film, absolument inoubliable!