Billed with the ordinarily vague catchall of “a woman’s wardrobe”, according to VOGUE RUNWAY, Sonia Rykiel’s Fall collection elevated that theme by celebrating woman through looks worthy of the woman that works + plays hard.
There were plenty of midi skirts + dresses to choose from in a variety of different textiles, including the gorgeous cream crushed velvet dress above, bearing a front keyhole, paired with suede heeled platform loafers, highlighted by exposed patent leather exposed stitching along the edges, black pompom accents + thin ankle straps. Feminine details were added to make certain shirts resonate that much more by adding vertical ruffles to its sleeves, starting at the shoulder while working their way down to the wrist, giving a vintage feel to a modern silhouette similar to that of the look below, worn underneath a rust suede gilet in a striped pattern. But the romance did not end there. Broderie Anglaise was added to both the collar + cuffs of an all white cotton dress paired to perfection with a white vinyl trench coat bearing contrasting black buttons.
Although the collection was very much ladylike, mixing pretty dresses with long tasseled necklaces or belts + pant looks paired with a heeled shoe, you could easily throw on a pair of oxfords or kicks, + still look as sophisticated. For instance, take the long black knit sweater ensemble below, embellished with petals of what appears to be a very thin plastic, in an array of colors, paired with black cropped trousers + a white turtleneck underneath, would look just as cute paired with a flat shoe.
Sonia Rykiel has always created pieces that easily grant the wearer confidence with ease + chic style, without all the fuss involved with getting dressed. In fact, designer Julie de Libran’s own experiences + preferences were noted in her personal solution to wearing a leather skirt, which she was wearing when speaking to VOGUE RUNWAY. Noting her love for the attitude of a leather skirt, it nonetheless can be limiting, which led to her solution of creating a version in vinyl with sharp red stitching + leather buttons, giving the material easy volume + movement for easy wear. For me, if I could, I’d buy the whole collection as there was no one piece I did not like + I would imagine they would all become wardrobe staples for many years to come.
(via VOGUE RUNWAY)