The Sonia Rykiel Woman 'Wades in the Moonlit Sea'

Editor-in-Chief Vivian Van Dijk was present at Paris Fashion Week and was excited for Sonia Rykiel's show:

"Sonia Rykiel's dreamy collection shows you sleek dresses and a little mysterious design-side by using double layers of fabrics. The fabrics are pretty loose on the body but drape and caress like a second skin. It is the elegance of the cut in Rykiel's designs that shows a kind of nonchalance that will leave out any intentions but will give a solid impact on every lady who will wear Rykiel's design and enchant the admirer next to it."

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Sonia Rykiel Describes the Woman for her SS14 Collection in Poetry

The Sonia Rykiel Woman:

"She’s a creature of the dusk, a sunset heroin.

She likes to keep her delicate pallor, and wades in the moonlit sea.

An illusionist, an égoïste, a mystery.

People might call her unruly, excessive and impertinent,

but she just wants to have her fun in her own terms.

She mixes the natural with the scintillating

Raw silk, glazed cottons and lamés.

Colors that range from ivory, eggshell to the bright and fruity.

She’s effortlessly flamboyant.

A chic nomadic spirit.

Jupe culottes, a tube skirt, a t-shirt, a slip dress are the basics of her freedom.

It’s not clothes, it’s pleasure and self indulgence."

About Sonia Rykiel

Sonia Rykiel née Flis has been designing at least since the age of 17, when she was employed to dress the window displays in a Parisian textile store. In 1953, Sonia married Sam Rykiel, owner of a boutique selling elegant clothing. In 1962, unable to find soft sweaters to wear during her pregnancy, she used one of her husband's suppliers from Venice to design her own sweaters.

Sonia Rykiel thereafter created her first maternity dresses and a tiny sweater, called the Poor Boy Sweater, which she started selling from her husband's label "Laura". The Poor Boy Sweater made the cover of ELLE fashion magazine, and brought Rykiel fame; because of it, she was crowned "Queen of Knits" by the Americans in 1967.

Since then, she has continued to experiment to expand her offerings. She later became the first designer to put seams on the outside of a garment, and to print words on her sweaters. In particular, she favors long clinging sweaters or small cropped pullovers, large rolled-back cuffs and long shawls. Her color palette usually features beige, grey, dark blue, and charcoal.

She has also created a range of fragrances of which '7e Sens' was the first.

Rykiel has written many books, including an A to Z of fashion, and a collection of children’s stories.

In 1980, Rykiel was voted one of the world's 10 most elegant women. She proved that knitwear can follow any trend. Rykiel also hit upon the trend of big, soft, fun fur done as a huge bubble of color - in her case baby pink, purple knitted fox or teal-blue Mongolian lamb. During Paris Fashion Week in October 2003, Sonia Rykiel showed her own collection for next spring. There were also gorgeous ruffled dresses in vintage floral and polka dot prints and smart houndstooth coats.

With her daughter Nathalie, Sonia Rykiel brought Paris to New York; in February 2005, Henri Bendel launched an in-store shop for the Sonia Rykiel Woman line. There are three Sonia Rykiel boutiques in the U.S., in Boston, New York City, and Guam.

In 2005, Kashiyama was the Sonia Rykiel ready-to-wear license holder in Japan with retail value of €45 million.

In December 2009, Sonia Rykiel and H&M introduced a collection of underwear, "Sonia Rykiel pour H&M", the first of two masstige operations with the Swedish retailer (the second became available in February 2010). An event was held at the Grand Palais in Paris to celebrate the event.

Source: Sonia Rykiel and bio from Wikipedia

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