Sonia Rykiel is synonymous with elegant, typically French clothes, and this season was no exception.
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.
Spring 2002 Ready-to-Wear
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