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The 411: Lola Burstein Rykiel


There are certain names that simply can’t hide from their serious fashion provenance. Monikers like Missoni, Versace, and Hilfiger are the stuff of sartorial legend—and Rykiel boasts a similar status. Sonia, the Paris house’s frizzy- and flame-haired forebearer whose utterly playful style sensibility helped build an indelible brand in the sixties, has since passed the family’s fashion torch onto her daughter, Nathalie Rykiel, and granddaughter Lola, ensuring that three generations of Rykiel women are on hand to keep the company cool. Lola, who serves as the brand’s U.S.-based public relations director, takes a carefree approach to style that happens to be reminiscent of her famous mémé. Here, the lithe doe-eyed beauty shares some of her favorite places to shop and primp in both Paris and her newly adopted city, New York.

The New York Vintage Vantage: Illisa’s, Marlene Wetherell, Melody Rodgers“These are my three favorite vintage stores in the city. I go with my friend Freddie Leiba to these secret spots and try on everything. They are all very special. Illisa’s is an incredible vintage lingerie store (I believe a lot of designers seek inspiration there), Melody Rodgers for vintage jewels, and Marlene Wetherell carries great vintage Rykiel.”
Illisa’s Vintage Lingerie, 40 W. 25th St., Rm 206, (212)627-2800; Marlene Wetherell, 40 W. 25th St., Rm 210, (917) 225-0662; Melody Rodgers, 1050 Second Ave., #10A, (212) 758-3164.

The Tried-and-True Workout: Gyrotonic“I’ve done many, many years of dancing, going on to study at the Martha Graham school in New York. Back then, one of my teachers was always telling me to do Gyrotonic because it would help a lot with my technique. Now I don’t dance anymore but I do Gyro almost five times a week. I started two years ago, and now I do it religiously. It is the most wonderful workout, but only if you get the right training, because it is very subtle. My trainer, Beth, in New York has changed everything about my body organization and how I carry myself; she teaches private lessons in all the city’s Gyrotonic centers. In Paris I train at Rituel, where I work with Verena Tremel and take open classes. All the teachers are great and they have good equipment, which most places in Paris do not.”
For more information, contact Beth at; Rituel Studio, 16 Rue de la Grande Chaumière.

The Highlighting Heroes: Sharon Dorram and Delphine Courteille
“Since returning to live in New York, Sharon Dorram has been doing my highlights. I really can’t imagine going to see someone else; not only is she extremely talented and delicate in her work, she is a wonderful person as well that I consider a friend. When I’m in Paris I only go to Studio 34 that my longtime friend Delphine Courteille opened a few years ago. She originally only did shoots and celebrities, but then she decided to open her own salon which is like a hidden boudoir. She has been taking care of my grandmother, mother, and sister’s hair for ages.”
Sharon Dorram at Sally Hershberger, 17 E. 71st St., (212) 535-3519; Studio 34, 38, Rue du Mont Thabor, Paris 1er.

The Manicurists With the Mostess: Edith Matsis and Kamel
“Edith Matsis is the best manicurist in [New York]. I go to her every week. She is a true perfectionist, and her manicures last for a week. In Paris I go to Kamel, who represents Essie in France; he is so fun but flirts with all his female clients, so beware of him! He does the best manicure in Paris and is very creative with colors.”
Edith Matsis at Roy Teeluck, 5 E. 57th St., (212) 888-2221; Kamel, email

The Know-It-All Needler: Jana Warchalowski
“In New York I go to Jana Warchalowski; she practices Japanese acupuncture and does cuppings too. There are no words to describe her work—I feel very lucky to have been put in contact with her. Depending on the day or mood I am in when I go there, I either leave her table feeling that I can conquer the world or sleep for three days. She is a total stress eliminator. I go to see her every two weeks.”
Jana Warchalowski, 41 Union Square West #318, call (646) 932-4246.

The Balancing Act: Véronique Fouquet
“In Paris, Véronique Fouquet does craniosacral therapy and balances energy. She is really magical. After a session with her, I feel euphoric and centered at the same time. My recommendation is to schedule a long time in advance with her though.”
Véronique Fouquet, 14 Rue Plumet 750015, Paris, +33140610539.

The Technology-Free Zone: Tulum, Mexico
“I discovered Tulum [in Mexico] last year, a real New Yorker destination. I went to a silent meditation retreat for a week with Rolling Meadows and stayed at Uno, which didn’t have electricity. I found that cutting myself off from cell phones, emails, computer, and talking were wonderful for health too.”
For more information, visit Rolling Meadows.

The Skin Saver: Denise DeGiulio
“I use only Sothys and Revive products, otherwise my facialist, Denise, would kill me! She is very strict about the fact that you can’t use any back-up products on your skin, which I used to do a lot when I was traveling.”
Denise DeGiulio at Enhanced Image, 130 W. 57th St., Suite 10F, (212) 957-0777.

The Scent Secret: Enfleurage
“I love essential oils and am always in the search for the perfect ones. Enfleurage in Greenwich Village carries the best diffusers and quality oils. I recommend their house blend, Sanctuary and Meditation.”
Enfleurage New York Essential Oils, 237 W. 13th St., (212) 691-1610.

The Full-Service Face-Painter: Michael Patterson
“I don’t like wearing makeup during the day, and if you take good care of your skin and health you shouldn’t have too. I love putting it on at night, though. I use Tom Ford beauty products and MAC; I love Lady Danger lipstick, a great red for blondes. I buy all my brushes in Shu Uemura in Paris; they last forever. If I have an important event, Michael Patterson will do my makeup. He comes to my place and does a very chic and natural look. He is a sweetheart, too.”
For more information, contact Michael Patterson at

Photo: Courtesy of Sonia Rykiel

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