October 06, 1999
A flowing, sensual silhouette accented with occasional hard touches has been a recurring motif through Sonia Rykiel's impressive career. This season she geared her collection toward the "tough, unpredictable, and determined woman." Rykiel produced a series of flouncy, delicate dresses spiced up with pleats, square necks and lace detailing. The clothes were at times sweet and delicate, but often provocatively sexy, such as the series of rhinestone sweaters, brightly colored rabbit fur bomber jackets and "crocheted dresses for eccentric ladies" she showed. Even Rykiel's bride had an edge: Her flowing white gown, like many pieces in the show, was trimmed with metal studs. What about Rykiel's wedding-night accessories? A blue bouquet and tons of attitude, bien sûr.