June 12, 2011 New York
A hot pink coat covered with heart-shaped organza petals, cheerful cherries printed on ruffled cotton voile, grosgrain ribbon bows and diamanté brooches—at first glance, it seemed that Sonia Rykiel's Collection Glam couldn't be any girlier. There were scads of flirty frocks here, like a flouncy black one with polka dots embroidered on sheer tulle above the bust. But look a little closer and you'd also find a handful of designs for the Parisienne gamine who wants a boyish counterbalance to those super-feminine styles. A tailored shorts jumpsuit had a deep V-neck, for example, and an amply cut double-breasted suit came in fuchsia-colored wool crepe. The label's separate, regular Resort collection was more carefree and less saccharine by comparison. A red linen set with a boxy, boat-neck tunic and to-the-knee A-line skirt had a put-together nonchalance about it. The pajama-dressing trend that seems to be everywhere these days made an appearance in the form of blush trousers in lightweight silk (with a top to match) that had tuxedo stripes down the sides.
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