For you and me, for the whole family – it’s Sonia Rykiel! A sense of celebration took over at the Sonia Rykiel SS19 show. A celebration of life, of the finale coming from the brand’s 50th anniversary, of the late designer being honoured with a street in the Sixth Arrondissement named after her… In honour of Rykiel, for a moment there, Paris Fashion Week turned into a street market, inspired by the organic food hall that appears on the said street every Sunday. And in true market style, the atmosphere was lively and charming, full of children running around (dressed in head-to-toe Rykiel) intertwined with some chic woven fashions. For those lazy Sunday mornings, the brand’s creative director Julie de Libran proposed a way of dressing that’s uniquely casual yet distinctively put-together.
The models never looked as constricted by any of the clothes they were wearing, and even when the silhouettes went into a bit more elaborate direction, they still looked comfortable. It was all the knits that did the magic. Slouchy and striped or very loosely knitted to resemble fruit string bags, the knitted pieces marked the highlights of the collection, staying true to the brand’s design heritage. We might detest the cliché idea of Parisian chic, but this collection put a whole new, fresh twist on it. This was the real Parisian chic.
Photographs by Jason Lloyd-Evans.