June 23, 2009 New York
Following the departure of creative director Gabrielle Greiss, Sonia Rykiel and her daughter Nathalie are once again alone at the helm. Perhaps inevitably, the Rykiels chose not to push boundaries for Resort but to focus on the house's DNA. That means knitwear, of course, done here with a younger and more overtly sexy client in mind. A striped dress, for example, had a flirty cutout back, and there were floral pants to pair with boyish blazers. Smocked dresses had a vaguely seventies vibe, while crystal-strewn knit dresses mirrored the embellishment on Rykiel's popular Domino bag. The season's slogan read garçon manqué—tomboy—inspired by Madame Rykiel's tree-climbing youth.
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