26 posts tagged "Sonia Rykiel"
The popularity of floor-length skirts on the Fall runways suggests that the hemline index theory just might hold true, but Adam Lippes isn’t buying it. “Supposedly everything traces back to the economy these days, or Michelle Obama, but I think it’s just a reaction to all the hard looks we’ve been seeing for the past two or three years,” the ADAM designer told us. “It’s a shift to an easier way of dressing.” Lippes paired his billowy maxi dresses with chunky sweaters and slouchy boots, as did Richard Chai. Similarly, shoe-grazing slim knit skirts turned up at Michael Kors and Sonia Rykiel. And off the runway, meanwhile, photographers snapped girls toeing the line between winter and spring in long, bright numbers worn with cropped leather jackets.
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Among Malcolm McLaren’s many collaborators in his genre-busting career was Sonia Rykiel, who co-wrote and sang on the song “Who the Hell Is Sonia Rykiel?” on McLaren’s 1994 album Paris. “Malcolm was a lovely and wildly creative gentleman…truly his own person. He had the ability to bring you immediately into his exuberant world,” Rykiel wrote to Style.com today. “As a big fan of his, I was very flattered and a bit nervous when he asked me to sing on his record. He suggested I write song lyrics, so I arrived in a studio in Saint-Germain-des-Prés one afternoon. We had so much fun and stayed there all night until the song was finished. What a lovely experience it was! Rest in peace, dear friend.”
WWD checks in with a few key influencers to hear their fashion week plans, schemes, and strategies. Our favorite question? How to stay warm during NYFW. Our favorite answer? Model Hannah Holman’s (pictured): “Snogging.” [WWD]
The latest designer to jump on the show-streaming bandwagon: Calvin Klein, which will stream its men’s and women’s Collection shows on Sunday the 14th and Thursday the 18th, respectively. [WWD]
LV celebrates gorgeous bodies, enviable looks…and, uh, they’re cars. The label has announced that it will present its second annual Louis Vuitton Classic Awards later this month at the BMW Museum in Munich. The winners: a ’38 Alfa-Romeo and the BMW Vision EfficientDynamics system. [Vogue U.K.]
And the complete Sonia Rykiel for H&M looks—and prices—have hit the Web. The pieces start at $5.95 and top out at $69.95. [The Cut]
It’s been a good few years for Sonia Rykiel. At its Spring ’09 show in Paris, the family-owned, family-run label celebrated its 40th year in business with an exuberant homage: a surprise show-within-the-show featuring Rykiel-inspired looks designed by the likes of Karl Lagerfeld, Martin Margiela, Giorgio Armani, and many others. Not long thereafter, Rizzoli published a history of the house, and not long after that, H&M announced that they would be collaborating with the brand on two collections. The first, a range of lingerie, debuted at the end of 2009; the second, a collection of accessories and signature Rykiel knits for women and girls, launches worldwide on February 20. Sonia Rykiel artistic director Nathalie Rykiel (pictured) was in town last night to preview the looks and took a few minutes to speak with Style.com about expensive clothes, free women, and why she can’t stop thinking about tomorrow.
How did the H&M collaboration come about?
Well, they called to ask if we were interested, and the answer was obvious.
Because of the Rykiel philosophy. I love that we are part of this wonderful fashion universe, which is full of beautiful things that are very expensive. It’s fantastic to make women dream. But I had frustrations. You know, my mother, she was the first couturier to make ready-to-wear clothes that were affordable. Her original customers, who were very well-off, bourgeois, they didn’t like that at first—that a secretary could also be wearing Rykiel. But my mother decided, Rykiel is for everyone. That attitude is part of the brand. And so for that reason, working with H&M, it was obvious.
Sonia Rykiel celebrated its 40th anniversary last year. The brand has remained remarkably consistent over the years—you can see that in the book Sonia Rykiel—but do you think the woman who buys Sonia Rykiel has changed?
Yes and no. Sonia Rykiel has always been designed for the woman who is free. This is still true. What has changed, of course, is the context. The woman who buys Rykiel now is incredibly well educated about fashion, thanks to the media, and she is spoiled, in a good way, by the offer of products that exists today. And so, whereas in the beginning of Rykiel, you would see women who dressed in Rykiel head-to-toe—coat, hat, even shoes—now Rykiel is part of a wardrobe. The Rykiel woman loves to shop and she loves to mix. Even I do it. I’ll wear Rykiel with Prada, for instance. It’s the modern way. But there is still this attraction to the brand, a connection to what makes it distinct.
Marc Jacobs, American in Paris, was decorated as a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres in France, alongside Nathalie Rykiel, creative director of Sonia Rykiel. Jacobs delivered a grateful acceptance speech in French, and even traded in his usual skirt for a suit for the occasion. [WWD]
Couture’s only been going on for a few hours, but already its tiniest correspondent, blogger Tavi, is causing drama: A tweeting reporter from Grazia Daily complains that the 13-year-old’s enormous hat is obstructing the views of those not lucky enough to be front-row. [Racked]
Friday night saw the final episode of the Conan O’Brien-helmed Late Show, but the grassroots pro-Conan campaigns are bound to continue. Amid a flurry of “I’m With Coco” signs and sites plastered with images of the redhead, Modelinia weighs in its support for a fellow ginger Coco—Coco Rocha. Well, she does do some TV. [Modelinia]
Finally, a tantalizing little tidbit from the Paris men’s shows: Apparently Pharrell approached Alber Elbaz after the Lanvin presentation to offer his services to the brand. Consider Lanvin’s beats now spoken for. [WWD]