October 10, 2001 Paris
Rykiel started out with a couple of lean black jackets tucked into high-waist trousers, but quickly moved on to her beloved trompe-l'oeil sweaters embroidered to look like smokings or sailor uniforms; others spelled out words like diamant or rubis in glittering paillettes. Other fun-loving basics included lollipop-colored frilly dresses, striped poplin skirts and sporty everyday jackets. Rykiel's asymmetric evening dresses featured lingerie-inspired lace trims; her crumpled hooded jackets, shirts and trousers were held together with utility belts that had built-in cases which doubled as little flower pots.
Rykiel's bathing suits were some of the most original of the season. Her black bikinis and one-piece maillots were dangerously sheer, with strategically placed striped insets.