34 posts tagged "Sonia Rykiel"
“Polar Vortex” was the phrase on everyone’s blistered lips this week during a bitter cold spell that sent most of the U.S. into a deep freeze. As we learned firsthand while trudging to and from appointments on the city’s icy sidewalks, even the most thermodynamic winter coat (plus a hat and gloves) wasn’t enough for bone-chilling temperatures like these. Did designers divine this subzero weather? The new Pre-Fall collections offer plenty of fresh ideas for bundling up in style. Blanket dressing, in particular, has emerged as one of the season’s most welcome trends. Labels including Acne Studios, Chloé, Vionnet, and Chanel featured soft wraps made for swaddling. For the finale at his Burberry Prorsum menswear show in London yesterday, Christopher Bailey draped heritage plaid blankets over each model’s left shoulder. Geraldo da Conceicao at Sonia Rykiel, meanwhile, struck a similar cozy note with piled-on sweaters draped around the neck like stoles.
At this time last year, designers were busy making knee-length Bermudas and basketball shorts. This Resort season, they took things one step further, lowering hemlines on baggy, culotte-inspired trousers so they hit somewhere between mid-calf and just above the ankle. We noticed crisp white styles in the new lineups from Thakoon Addition, Ports 1961, Adam Lippes, and Sonia Rykiel (the latter two whipped them up in pliant leather and pleather, respectively). And while labels like Valentino and Roksanda Ilincic, among others, showed the fresh silhouette in a casual context, Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci made them evening-appropriate in black satin paired with a pair of killer ankle-strap sandals. Unless you’ve got stems like Joan Smalls’, we’d recommend rocking heels while test-driving this trend.
In New York, designer diffusion lines (not to mention countless collaborations) abound. In Paris, however, they’re few and far between, so it’s often difficult to get that Parisian whimsy at a contemporary price point. Sonia by Sonia Rykiel is the exception. Since 1989, Sonia by Sonia Rykiel (which, if you’re interested, was called Inscription for its first ten years) has evolved into much more than just a little-sister label—it’s developed an identity of its own while maintaining that distinct Rykiel esprit. The new Resort lineup offers cool basics such as nubby cardigan sweaters and pleated leather miniskirts, as well as playful ruffled denim shorts and striped intarsia pullovers featuring lips or tubes of rouge (both of which are favorite Rykiel motifs). Meanwhile, tailored fuchsia suits and feminine tank dresses gave the youthful gamine look more of a polished edge. At a recent showroom preview, Rykiel’s granddaughter, Lola Rykiel, was wearing a flirty A-line frock cut from the new collection’s stretchy scuba knit. It easily could’ve passed for Alaïa, but will sell for a fraction of the price.
Sonia by Sonia Rykiel’s Resort wares range from $120 to $695 and will be available at Kirna Zabete and Shopbop.com.
The acclaimed architect Peter Marino, who has designed flagships around the globe for luxury brands including Dior, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, and Fendi, has reportedly been named a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the Cultural Ministry of France. He is set to be inducted into the order in November, joining the likes of fashion notables Marc Jacobs and Nathalie Rykiel (daughter to Sonia Rykiel) as a knight. Speaking of Rykiel, while the rest of the fashion set took in some of the final rounds of shows in Paris yesterday, the designer was awarded one of France’s highest civilian honors (the Insignes de Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres) and the Grande Médaille de Vermeil de la Ville de Paris at the town hall from Mayor Bertrand Delanoë and Pierre Bergé. During the ceremony, Bergé said to Rykiel, “You are among the rare [people] to understand that fashion was not made to satisfy the fantasy of designers, but to speak to women. And not to speak to idle women, only rich women, but active women, everyday women.”
Like most designers, Erin Fetherston is currently focusing her energy on Resort, all while prepping for the upcoming round of Spring shows. But that hasn’t stopped her from planning a special charity auction to celebrate the launch of her revamped Web site, which features behind-the-scenes photos and inspiration boards from past collections. “I was recently going through my vintage collection and it seemed like there was such a great opportunity to give the pieces I love another life,” Fetherston told Style.com. Starting at noon today, fans of the designer can start bidding on 12 vintage pieces straight from Fetherston’s closet, including a Lanvin maxi skirt, a sheer floral Sonia Rykiel number, and a mint green Chanel gown. Also on sale is an embellished light blue Pearl Ingham minidress from the sixties (pictured) that the designer wore to the Whitney Art Party last year. Proceeds from the auction will benefit Charity Water. The auction ends June 12 at 11:59 p.m. EDT.