The New Age of Parisian Chic
Sonia Rykiel is a Parisian fashion house that
opened in 1968 with a vigor matched only by the revolutionary ready-to-wear
insurgence in the 1970s. It was during that defining era where Sonia Rykiel
rose to international prominence alongside designers like Yves Saint Laurent,
Oscar de la Renta, and Hubert de Givenchy, long after Chloe made the first step
in the 1950s. The Queen of Knits as she was once dubbed, had a sensibility that
challenged the dictation of conventional fashion norms.
An irreverent cool aesthetic was born and a
sophisticated bohemian tendency well pronounced. Flamboyant but controlled and
unconventional but compelling, a Sonia Rykiel collection always has its
trademark, an uncommon aspect that we fully appreciate.
With an experienced background at Prada and
Versace as well as at Louis Vuitton where she worked closely with Marc Jacobs
as studio director, newly appointed creative director Julie de Libran has
sparked a heartening revival of the house, garnering widespread press features
in Vogue, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, and more. Featured on the likes of Charlize
Theron, Chloe Sevigny, and French icon Charlotte Gainsbourg, and worn on the
streets by Amal Clooney, Sienna Miller, and Sofia Coppola, de Libran and Sonia Rykiel are truly a perfect match.
How equally apt too, that the 1970s craze
is all the rage now. De Libran has got the memo and she has the archives of
Sonia Rykiel’s heyday to thank for her second showing.
Trademark details of the collection were
easily distinguishable like a delightful star print, half-waist drawstring
detailing, and wide cuffed trousers. Textures were abundant as usual which were
further accentuated by a soft bohemian flow.
The French always does it better. Sonia Rykiel has however taken it one step further, proclaiming themselves as “the
most Parisian of all international fashion houses” –right up there with Saint
Laurent if you ask us. And we salute fashion houses with a unique language of
their own, one that is unabashed to show off a little swagger. In every
respect, Sonia Rykiel is poised at the vanguard of Parisian chic. If you like
all things French – as we do – then Sonia Rykiel will fit right into your
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