Accessories are often the best part of an outfit. You can wear the simplest monochrome ensemble and transform it into the trendiest outfit with some extra details. And we have to let you know that spring 2019 will be all about standout accessories of all types. Paris Fashion Week brought so many trends in the jewelry, hat, and eye-wear departments. Check out the statement accessories to shop in Spring 2019.
Art and fashion as a medium to express creativity were Julie de Libran’s focal points for her latest Sonia Rykiel fall/winter 2017-18 ready-to-wear collection, which found as a result both Sonia Rykiel’s founder and artists, sculptor, and filmmaker Niki de Saint Phalle as its muses. This collection, unveiled yesterday at Paris Fashion Week, thus set us on a journey through memory, art and colors, which also reminded us that beloved Sonia Rykiel’s legacy is here to stay.
While looking for palpable sources of inspiration for her Sonia Rykiel fall/winter 2017-18 collection, Franco-American designer Julie de Libran had the ultimate “aha moment” after stumbling upon a family picture of Niki de Saint Phalle. Like de Libran herself, de Saint Phalle was a Franco-American artist who, coincidentally, was born the same year as Sonia Rykiel, i.e. 1930.
“I realized she was born the same year as Sonia Rykiel,” Julian de Libran explained to WWD backstage. “I love how these women used creativity as a platform to express their messages.”
Mainly renowned for her colorful sculptures, throughout her artistic career de Saint Phalle celebrated women’s empowerment through conceptual art, visually focusing on the playful and expressive aesthetics that often reflected on human emotions, relationships and inner life. Like Sonia Rykiel, de Saint Phalle challenged gender norms and conventions, meaning that her notorious “Les Nanas au Pouvoir” statues were basically meant to be included in a Sonia Rykiel’s collection.
Besides the overall multi-colored patterns and the sculptured figures, Julian de Libran’s take on the Sonia Rykiel fall and winter seasons found its biggest and most grandiose focal point in Les Nanas au Pouvoir-inspired patterns, used by de Libran to embellish the collection’s wearable sweaters and fur scarves. All of the collection’s de Saint Phalle-inspired items thus featured either the artist’s iconic color-blocking motifs or her flowy and airy sculptured silhouettes, which will inevitably grant freedom of movement and expression to anyone who will wear them.
When not focusing on the Franco-American icon, de Libran’s Sonia Rykiel fall 2017 collection treated us to outerwear staples that really helped Sonia Rykiel reach one of its most remarkable ready-to-wear peaks from the past few season. The line-up’s protagonist was the trench coat here, which was unapologetically Parisian-inspired albeit with a clear, cosmopolitan spirit in mind.
The cropped-trousers, paired with high boots, were equally prominent, and we bet will also become extremely popular as soon as they hit the stores. The remaining part of this collection was all about rich eco-fur, velvet and, of course, intricate knitwear, which is and will always be one of Sonia Rikyel’s trademarks.
Photos courtesy of Vogue
Sonia Rykiel’s legacy is living on thanks to Julie de Libran’s fashions, who infused the newly unveiled Sonia Rykiel pre-fall 2017 collection with strong Parisian vibes.
The Sonia Rykiel pre-fall 2017 collection is the first one coming after the fashion house announced the closure of its sister line Sonia by Sonia Rykiel back in October, which also led those at Rykiel’s headquarters to reposition the main Sonia Rykiel line with lower price tags. Right after shutting down Rikyel’s sister line and axing a quarter of its staff members, the fashion house’s CEO Eric Langon prophetically revealed to WWD that “it is essential for the house to rethink and revitalise itself”, a release many perceived as a statement of intents.
And revitalized are, if not entirely galvanized with a captivating bohemian spirit, all of the 25 looks from this collection, the main motifs of which aim at making us feel empowered, at ease with ourselves, and ready to rule the world. “You need to be dressed in a way that you know you’re going to get things done during the day,” explained Julie de Libran.
This Sonia Rykiel pre-fall 2017 collection is filled with tons of separates, as well as plenty of different materials, such as patent leather, wool, jacquard and the currently omnipresent velvet.
Autumnal in its inspirations indeed, the collection appears extremely versatile and structured in its purposes, namely those of treating us to something that could be either casual or super fancy depending on how we decide to style it. Wrapped long skirts with asymmetrical button-up lines got paired with cozy sweaters in white, while cropped flared trousers looked their best in combination with country-chic waistcoats in light brown.
Aside from the evening proposals, which all feature either slightly shimmery effects or velvet finishes, the day-to-day proposals mix conventionally ready-to-wear elements with more haute couture-esque details, the most inspiring and imposing out of which are surely the structured shoulders.
Dramatic and exaggerated, Sonia Rykiel’s pre-fall 2017 take on the structured shoulders, sleeves, high necks and frilled details is remarkable for sure, especially when utilized as the outfit’s sole protagonists.
With the collection being high-end and functional, however, Julie de Libran made sure we had the right amount of accessories to play with (not too many, it is always a Parisian look-inspired collection, after all), such as thin belts with tassel embellishments and roomy totes and handbags to carry around daily. The Sonia Rykiel pre-fall 2017 footwear line appears to be extremely appealing too, with chunky boots and revisited loafers dominating the scene.
Photos courtesy of Vogue
Dear departed Sonia Rykiel’s eponymous fashion house is undergoing some major shakeups, described by Sonia Rykiel’s headquarters as needed in order to strategically concentrate on Rykiel’s original fashion line. It has, in fact, been confirmed that the French mansion is in the process of shuttering its diffusion line – Sonia by Sonia Rykiel, often dubbed by many as Sonia Rykiel’s trendier sister line.
Needless to say, Sonia Rykiel’s radical restructuring is one of the fashion industry’s current trending topics, with many journalists and experts trying to figure out what actually happened behind the curtains, as well as predict the label’s future. Although very little is known regarding the issue, some official information is already spreading around the Internet.
Sonia Rykiel’s CEO Eric Langon contacted WWD to explain the situation, especially due to the fact that the shuttering of Sonia Rykiel’s diffusion line is de facto leaving 79 staff members jobless. According to Langon, the diffusion line’s 3% growth in the last year was “not sufficient today to guarantee sustainable growth for the house and its activities in the years to come”, especially taken the decreasing sales caused by the impact of the terrorist attacks in Paris and Brussels.
“It is essential for the house to rethink and revitalise itself,” he explained, also blaming “unfavourable” global fashion market conditions for the label’s economic hard times in the industry.
Founded in 1968, Chinese investment fund Fung Brands took an imposing 80% capital stake from the label four year ago, taking complete control over it earlier this year. Sources close to the fashion house are already claiming that the Fung Brands’ investment fund has given Sonia Rykiel three years to return to profit and, although yet to be confirmed, the news is already affecting some of the flame-haired Knitwear Queen’s fans (especially those who live in the USA, where the house has experienced consistent increasing sales).
Although uncertain, Sonia Rykiel’s future is, in fact, a matter of concern for many, both inside and outside of the industry. Aside from losing 79 of its 330 staff members, shuttering both the secondary and children’s lines, and closing four of its standalone stores, Rykiel’s shakeup will inevitably influence all of those labels that are currently undergoing a similar turmoil.
Given the fact that Sonia Rykiel is one of France’s leading fashion houses and sources of inspiration for the fashion industry, its uncertain future appears even scarier.
As for what concerns Sonia Rykiel’s creative director Julie de Libran, her willingness to fully celebrate and concentrate on Rykiel’s legacy appears clear (as proven by her latest Sonia Rykiel spring 2017 runway show, where she paid tribute to the brand’s founder, spelling out her name on the catwalk), and we hope this will be the right and successful strategy to revamp the house’s mainline.
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The runway for Sonia Rykiel‘s spring/summer 2017 ready-to-wear collection presentation at Paris Fashion Week projected a powerful spirit that would have made the late designer proud. Rykiel, the founder of her eponymous fashion house, passed away in August at the age of 86, and a few days before this fashion week show, artistic director Julie de Libran showed Rykiel’s daughter Nathalie something she had been working on to honor the designer.
De Libran put together a tribute of 12 models to show on the runway at the beginning of the show; each model sported hair similar to that of Rykiel – who could forget that semi-wild mass of red hair? – as well as a three-quarter-sleeved sweater-unitard featuring one letter of the designer’s last name.
This acted as the intro of the Sonia Rykiel spring 2017 runway show, spelling out “Rykiel Forever,” as Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” played in the background, as interpreted by Max Richter. All of this occurred before the show launched into the actual collection of clothes for spring/summer 2017.
“She said, ‘It’s not sad. It’s really beautiful,'” said de Libran on Nathalie’s reaction. That statement could not have been more genuine, as the display was a beautiful sentiment to the memory of the always-upbeat designer. Such could also be said about the rest of the show as well as the setup in general, which was interspersed with bits of memories from Rykiel’s life and career.
A video was set up at the beginning, which featured portraits and clips of the designer from the past years, highlighting her career. To finish out the memorial aspects of the fashion week presentation, de Libran concluded the show with a series of Rykiel’s striped ensembles, which walked as silver confetti popped in happy celebration. It was a truly beautiful way to commemorate the life and success of a designer who has passed.
The actual lineup held its own against the sentimental backdrop of the rest of the show and its atmosphere; de Libran was sure to stay within the house’s standard codes, but found ways to push in new ideas with a fresh execution. Most of the garments in the collection were oversized, and the color palette was, overall, cut and dry: blue, white, and olive, with some other complementary colors popping in here and there.
“Women today are so active, they need clothes that help them liberate them throughout their day,” said de Libran, regarding the volume use in the line. She was able to use this scale as a way to tell a story, based around the idea of using it within workwear.
She used the oversized silhouettes and created maritime styles, especially due to the color choices, which was a novel approach. We can expect for these pieces to be made slimmer when they go on sale, but there is no doubt the voluminous impact will not be lost in translation.
But then some of the pieces slimmed down, and the line got flirtier; by the end of the collection things were getting downright sexy with a couple of sheer black lace garments. In many of the slimmed down silhouettes, too, there were still oversized elements, as with long or puffed sleeves, in many cases.
All of this worked together to bring some of the beloved Sonia Rykiel attitude to the concept of the girl next door – and if we had a guess, the designer wouldn’t have wanted it done any other way.
Photos courtesy of Vogue
Sonia by Sonia Rykiel is the Rykiel family’s youngest member, the one that holds tight the French designer’s carefree spirit within its proposals. The Sonia by Sonia Rykiel spring/summer 2017 collection, presented at the New York Fashion Week, comes a few weeks after one of the fashion industry’s saddest departures, namely that of Sonia Rykiel.
Designed by Julie de Libran’s in studio team, the Sonia by Sonia Rykiel spring 2017 collection directly draws inspiration from all the motifs, souls and visionary ideas Sonia Rykiel embodied and shared throughout her remarkable life, translating them to a rebellious array of free-spirited staples anyone would love to wear.
“It’s really about mixing and matching and the cool attitude of an American woman, who doesn’t have any rules,” explained Lola Rykiel, Sonia’s granddaughter, immediately catapulting us to both her grandmother’s legacy, and what appears to be the brand’s future paths and references.
The Sonia by Sonia Rykiel spring 2017 line-up reinvents Rykiel’s aesthetics in a more contemporary way, focusing thus on striped patterns, bold statements, freedom of movement and rejection of linings. Each one of the pieces features billowy cuts and relaxed lines, even when its curve-hugging figure gently wraps the silhouette.
As confirmed by the collection’s lookbook as well, the proposals are specifically meant to be used as ensembles to jump, run, roll and dance in, depending on what we feel like doing on the spur of the moment.
The Sonia by Sonia Rykiel spring/summer 2017 collection embraces dynamicity throughout the embellishments used too, with the frilled hems, pleated appliqués and jabot detailing fluttering in the air.
The collection then fluctuates from slightly athleisure pieces, with tomboy sweatshirts and palazzo pants dominating the scene, to more Victorian-styled proposals, the vertical and airy lines of which remind of Sonia Rykiel’s deconstructed and structured lines in the Eighties.
Oversized jackets in tweed, quilted housecoats, flirty skirts and button-shirts embrace a more ‘school girl in the Nineties’ look, translated here to its more heroin-chic version thanks to the gauzy slip dresses and sheer little black dresses.
Aside from black, which is basically mandatory whenever it comes to a Sonia Rykiel collection, this line-up’s color palette features what already appears to be next summer’s must-have shades, namely pink, bright red, yellow, lavender and green. All together, when not combined to recreate Rykiel’s signature stripes, such colors give birth to utterly cute micro floral embroideries, the designs of which got utilized to decorate everything from puffed-up shirts to culottes.
Exposed hems, acid wash effects and minuscule keyholes complete the collection with what could be regarded as Rykiel’s omnipresent visionary touch, which will always inspire and encourage us to dare in life.
Photos courtesy of Vogue
Pioneering French fashion designer Sonia Rykiel died yesterday at the age of 86. Often dubbed as the ultimate ‘queen of knitwear’, she revolutionized the fashion industry with her visionary ideas and runway shows, as well as with her contemporary perspective on women’s wear that were and will always be celebrated worldwide.
Rykiel, who had been battling with Parkinson’s disease for more than 15 years, never lost her enterprising spirit and positive attitude towards the world, officially confirming her condition in 2012.
“My mother died at 5 am this morning at her home in Paris from the effects of Parkinson’s,” declared Sonia Ryliel’s daughter Nathalie Thursday morning, and ever since she released the announcement, people from all around the world have gathered to mourn such a tragic loss.
French president Francis Holland also announced her death with an official statement yesterday, mourning the loss of a woman that, with her works, helped the women’s liberation movement grow and break through the society.
“She was a free woman and a pioneer”, said Holland, “She invented not only a style, but also an attitude, a way of living and of being, and gave women a freedom of movement. Passionate about culture, she did not conceive of fashion without the arts, which were always present in her creations. Her style is known across the world. It will remain a symbol of the remarkable alliance of colour and the natural, of fluidity and light.”
We also would like to acknowledge the incredibly talented fashion designer’s importance not only for the fashion industry, but for our culture and society too, celebrating the innovating and liberating steps she took throughout her long, remarkable career.
Born as Sonia Flis in Paris in 1930, Sonia Rykiel began designing maternity clothes in 1961, the relaxed lines of which really helped in shaping her signature style and designs in the years to come. She began selling her pieces at her (then divorced) husband Sam Rykiel’s Laura fashion boutique since the early Sixties, and never stopped creating and finding new ways to change what’s conventionally regarded as feminine ever since.
She soon understood that women indeed liked wearing highly comfortable, yet fancy clothes, and began thus focusing on knitwear and cozy lines, adding visionary touches here and there, such as seams turned inside outs and straps incorporated inside the coats.
By 1972, she was already dubbed as “one of the 12 top designers in the European ready-to-wear,” and by 2009 she was awarded the Order of Légion d’Honneur due to her incredible contribution to the French fashion industry.
She was deeply estimated by the world’s leading fashion designers too, and her legacy will forever play a huge role in the lives of many.
Sonia Rykiel Company is currently led by CEO Eric Langon, with Julie Libran working as the label’s creative director since 2014.
Photo courtesy of Vogue
The wait is over! We can finally have a look at the long-awaited Lancome x Sonia Rykiel fall 2016 makeup collection, and guess what? We are in love with every piece of it! Set to become internationally available for purchase at Lancome, Sephora and Nordstrom on August 10, 2016, the limited-edition collection comes packed with joie de vivre and bright colors, inspired by Saint-Germain-des-Prés and greatly influenced by Sonia Rykiel’s aesthetics.
It was back in the beginning of March when we learnt about the upcoming collaboration between the French luxury cosmetics brand and the French fashion designer. When you redouble the French factor, as expected, the makeup line turns out to be all about Parisian allure, something we can never have enough of in the fashion world.
It’s not just the colors of the products that highly appeal to our senses, but also the vibrant packaging decorated with Sonia Rykiel’s signature colorful stripes, as well as fun lip, eye and heart prints. Like her runway collections, her makeup line also inspires to be eccentric, innovative, joyful and to create your own memorable style.
This is what the Lancome x Sonia Rykiel fall 2016 makeup line offers for real Parisian ladies:
Lancome x Sonia Rykiel Eyeshadow Palette (Limited Edition)
Featuring 6 versatile and easy-to-wear colors each, these eyeshadow palettes allow endless mix-and-matching possibilities, so sky is the limit when it comes to the looks you can create using these shades. One of the palettes is all about warm earth tones, while the next one brings in muted subtle blues, greens and shimmering silvers.
• Parisienne Spirit – browns and nudes
• Saint-Germain – muted blues and greens
Lancome x Sonia Rykiel Le Crayon Khôl (Limited Edition)
Lancome’s iconic Le Crayon Khôl comes in four lively shades, from blues to greens to vibrant pinks, urging you to create a sensual, intense eye makeup look. Thanks to the soft, creamy formula, the eye pencils apply effortlessly and blend smoothly delivering a rich color. Dare to wear all the four colors together for a bold rainbow look that’s all the rage now!
• French Soutire
• French Baiser
• Parisian Audace
• Parisian Spirit
Lancome x Sonia Rykiel Lipstick (Limited Edition)
While the focus of the Lancome x Sonia Rykiel fall 2016 makeup line is placed on the eyes, there is also a lovely lipstick color available for you to create those iconic Parisian lips!
• Parisian Lips
Lancome x Sonia Rykiel Cushion Blush Subtil (Limited Edition)
The collection features two vibrant blush colors that deliver the same healthy, dewy glow that the brand’s iconic product boasts.
• Sorbet Rose – bright rose
• Splash Corail – vibrant coral
Lancome x Sonia Rykiel Cushion Case for Lancome Miracle Cushion (Limited Edition)
If you want to carry your favorite Loncome Miracle Cushion compact foundation in style, you definitely don’t want to miss this colorful cushion case that is available in limited quantities like the rest of the products in this line.
Lancome x Sonia Rykiel Vernis In Love (Limited Edition)
Last but not least, the Lancome x Sonia Rykiel makeup line also brings in four new colors of nail polish that will help you create fun nail art designs mimicking Sonia Rykiel’s style.
• Café Blanc – pearl white
• Saint-Germain – marine blue
• Café Philo – muted olive
• Joie de Vivre – bright coral red
Photos courtesy of Lancome
We can all remember how well-cast the Bloom Twins were in Sonia by Sonia Rykiel’s pre-fall 2016 collection. So, for the label’s resort 2017 line we’re not so surprised that the lovely Ukrainian duo has been recast to model the looks. The lookbook was set in the Parisian Studios Ferber, where the musicians were right in their element as they rocked the latest looks.
Lola Rykiel, granddaughter of Sonia, gave a walkthrough of the new line, and made explicit the Parisian state of mind the Rykiel customer has, but also pointed out that this doesn’t mean the designs need to be trapped within the borders of France. As such, we can see some L.A. design aesthetics leaking through, in the form of denim, tees, knit jumpsuits, and denim. We even get a bit of Seoul when she tosses in some velour sweatshirts stylized with color blocking.
Garments in the Sonia by Sonia Rykiel resort 2017 collection were left to the basics, much as a cruise collection should be, with simple pieces made to elevate and supplement an already successful wardrobe. As such, creative director Julie de Libran kept things casual, and even stayed largely away from feminine attire; most of the garments in this line were rather neutral in that regard.
The colors were diverse, as were the fabrics, so the consumer has a great deal of choice here. The feminine pieces that were created were kept quiet and to a minimum, but when they were present they did make themselves known. That sense of balance is really important when a brand is created preseason collections.
One such feminine piece that was rather striking in this collection was a white, long-sleeved dress with large wording printed around it. With a tied collar and contrast waistband, this piece has just enough elements to make a statement without working as a total standout piece in the collection.
In fact, there is no piece that can take such a position here, which is rather difficult to accomplish. When there is a new collection, there is generally one or two pieces that stand out from the rest, due to something like embellishments, color, or extravagant silhouette. Here, all of the looks are subdued and inherently wearable, so no piece is left seeming dull.
The wearer doesn’t have to try hard to look good in the clothes, nor do they need to dress it up with anything special; toss on an outfit from the line, and keep styling to a minimum to gain maximum style effect. Keeping things quiet for a day out might just be the best decision you make; what outfit could be better than the one that does all the work for you? Designers at Sonia Rykiel know just how important efficiency is, and it shows in their resort collection.
Photos courtesy of Sonia Rykiel
The setting of the Sonia Rykiel fall/winter 2016-2017 ready-to-wear runway show at Paris Fashion Week was spectacular in of itself, without needing to focus on the clothing itself. However, we can easily say that despite the cooler seasons being of a darker, more austere affliction, we can easily see the beauty radiating from every piece that is diligently brought forward by models who can carry themselves in a manner to make Julie de Libran proud. Ah, but it was a lovely show, with the Romanesque structures all about and a runway used, which very much enjoys the addition of strict corners, effectively giving a larger audience a better view of each ensemble.
And what ensembles they are! Red hues seem to be the main focus of the brand for the fall season, which is perfectly fine by us since red only serves to enhance the figure, the darker shades only adding to the mystery and chic sophistication of the women wearing it out. From fur coats to zip-up pantsuits that were paired with black blouses, the girls looked fantastic. Red faux fur appeared on some blazers as well, with panting trousers in twin prints for the perfect office look. Chic and defined, there is certain elegance to all that the Sonia Rykiel label brings to us.
When speaking about the top trends to be found here, there are a few you can clearly see throughout which have been popping up in nearly every collection since the start of the Fashion Weeks back in New York, followed by London and Milan. Paris is no different, adding in the plunging necklines, the fluttering strings, the frills and layers along with the long hems and utilitarian boots. Thin black belts around the waist accentuate the figure and add to the provocative nature of some of the dresses found on the catwalk today.
Combinations of red and black are a common sight, along with the black and white, the former appearing on striped dresses, striped tights and not-so-striped color blocks in tops and skirts. Pleats and stripes are a common enough look, with ribbons in red and black also garnering lots of attention. The stripes are certainly to be reckoned with though as we notice them everywhere, from tights to dresses to skirts and pants, sweaters and turtleneck pieces with furry sleeves.
In terms of accessories, we have to admit that Sonia Rykiel has a knack for them, the brand enjoying bringing in some of the less focused on trends from the seasons past. This includes the belt bag that is larger than a wallet but smaller than most purses, arms left free by keeping it at the waist and ensuring it is the perfect travel fanny pack.
Colorful striped furry handbags also make an appearance, probably falling among the most interesting of this sort of accessory seen on the fall 2016 runway season. There is no doubt that at the end of the day, the colors, styles and cuts all sway in favor of the brand should it come down to the top designer collections to be seen at the Paris Fashion Week.
Photos courtesy of Vogue