January 18, 2008
Between them, mother Sonia, daughter Nathalie, and granddaughter Lola could probably compose a pretty thorough picture of the seven ages of man. The trio was lined up along the front row, watching closely while the latest interpretation of Rykiel's Left Bank Man made his way down the catwalk to a folky male version of Madonna's "Hung Up." Sonia's signature shade of purple was one of the collection's primary accents, but her equally signature stripes had been replaced by spots (as in leopard and lippi) and checks (as in the plaid that rules the catwalk this season). But Rykiel Homme respected the house's knitwear tradition in a hooded, cabled cardigan (worn over a gray suit) and a gutsy masculine reinterpretation of the twinset. It may not set the world on fire, but an olive-green velvet suit worn with leopard-print shoes defined the collection's kicky little flair.