March 01, 2012 Paris
There was in fact quite a bit that any woman might love to have as staples in her closet, whether she subscribes to a wink-and-smile Rykielian philosophy or not: madly cozy knit skirtsuits; matching intarsia pullovers and pencil skirts; and the very chic, airy smocked dresses in a faint sweet ivory print or sexy sheer black.
As always, there were offbeat twists, like a long ribbed mohair cardigan split in the front to look like two pieces, or the surreal erotic hardware in the shape of a breast on belts and polished, ladylike bags. But the cheeky fun factor was toned down. Perhaps it was because these clothes and bags mean business. The House That Sonia Built sold an 80 percent stake to Fung Capital just two weeks ago. Still, on their final walk the models smiled as big as ever, matched by Crichton and Nathalie Rykiel, who took a bow hand in hand.