Legacy knits at Sonia Rykiel

An inside look at the collections of Julie de Libran and why the late Sonia Rykiel would approve of the modernised, cool and ultimately Parisian direction

Sonia Rykiel passed away last year at the age of 86 leaving her legendary fashion house under the carful watch of Julie de Libran. The artistic director was largely touched by the designers legacy and this has been most evident in her two consecutive collections thereafter and most particularly, for pre-fall 2017.  It is this collection that appears to reference Rykiels most iconic silhouettes harking to a time when early clients included Brigitte Bardot, Catherine Deneuve and Audrey Hepburn who frequented Rykiels eponymous first store opened in 1968 on Paris's Left Bank.

Among the highlights from the pre-collection were the accessories. Re-interpretations of the Rykiel codes was seen in the multicolour stripes, color blocking and figurative items. Bright leather totes were big and bigger, and leather sacks were a twist on the traditional net market bag. Most irresistible was the ‘Le Copain’ bag; a best seller since the Spring Summer 2016 collection which boasted a sell through at more than 80% with retail partners.  A concentrated shoe collection carried the codes of the season; leather lacing, pompoms and colour blocked heels.  Libran’s brooches followed the same general easy-does-it rule: tiny diamanté figurines can be pinned onto sweaters with an effortless ease.

All in all the label’s Pre-collection was modernised cool and ultimately Parisian, something that the late Sonia Rykiel would be very, very proud of.

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