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August 2 2014

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blasblog from paris: the consensus is in: rykiel was worth the hike

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I probably heard Wednesday’s big question a hundred times yesterday: Are you going to Sonia Rykiel? Are you going to Sonia Rykiel? There was a lot of vacillation. Natalia Vodianova was going to politely decline—as everyone was bemoaning, the venue was miles away, and she had Stella McCartney at 9:30 this morning—but then when Carine Roitfeld asked her to sit at her table, she bucked up the energy. And when it was revealed that the dinner that was to follow the show would be very placement and that the empty chairs would be identified for the world to see, that helped round up a few more people. Liz Goldwyn, who provided an essay on Sonia Rykiel for an upcoming exhibition on the designer’s work at the Louvre, wasn’t going to miss it for the world. “I admire Sonia Rykiel so much,” she said before the show began, adding that she and Dita Von Teese were waiting with bated breath to see what the designer would come up with. “She’s a strong woman, but knows the power of sex. She knows how to have her cake and wear a corset, too.” For Emma Watson, the highlight of the show was the finale, for which 30 designers—everyone from Karl Lagerfeld to Jeremy Scott to Olivier Theyskens—each created a tribute look to Madame Rykiel. “That was awesome!” the Harry Potter star said. “How come all the shows aren’t like that? I think they should be.” Watson wasn’t the only one who was moved. “After that, I’ve retired from shows for good,” said Irina Lazareanu, who had previously told me that she wasn’t going to do any shows this season. “I mean it!” Uh huh.

Photo: Derek Blasberg

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