Sonia by Sonia Rykiel is the Rykiel family’s youngest member, the one that holds tight the French designer’s carefree spirit within its proposals. The Sonia by Sonia Rykiel spring/summer 2017 collection, presented at the New York Fashion Week, comes a few weeks after one of the fashion industry’s saddest departures, namely that of Sonia Rykiel.
Designed by Julie de Libran’s in studio team, the Sonia by Sonia Rykiel spring 2017 collection directly draws inspiration from all the motifs, souls and visionary ideas Sonia Rykiel embodied and shared throughout her remarkable life, translating them to a rebellious array of free-spirited staples anyone would love to wear.
“It’s really about mixing and matching and the cool attitude of an American woman, who doesn’t have any rules,” explained Lola Rykiel, Sonia’s granddaughter, immediately catapulting us to both her grandmother’s legacy, and what appears to be the brand’s future paths and references.
The Sonia by Sonia Rykiel spring 2017 line-up reinvents Rykiel’s aesthetics in a more contemporary way, focusing thus on striped patterns, bold statements, freedom of movement and rejection of linings. Each one of the pieces features billowy cuts and relaxed lines, even when its curve-hugging figure gently wraps the silhouette.
As confirmed by the collection’s lookbook as well, the proposals are specifically meant to be used as ensembles to jump, run, roll and dance in, depending on what we feel like doing on the spur of the moment.
The Sonia by Sonia Rykiel spring/summer 2017 collection embraces dynamicity throughout the embellishments used too, with the frilled hems, pleated appliqués and jabot detailing fluttering in the air.
The collection then fluctuates from slightly athleisure pieces, with tomboy sweatshirts and palazzo pants dominating the scene, to more Victorian-styled proposals, the vertical and airy lines of which remind of Sonia Rykiel’s deconstructed and structured lines in the Eighties.
Oversized jackets in tweed, quilted housecoats, flirty skirts and button-shirts embrace a more ‘school girl in the Nineties’ look, translated here to its more heroin-chic version thanks to the gauzy slip dresses and sheer little black dresses.
Aside from black, which is basically mandatory whenever it comes to a Sonia Rykiel collection, this line-up’s color palette features what already appears to be next summer’s must-have shades, namely pink, bright red, yellow, lavender and green. All together, when not combined to recreate Rykiel’s signature stripes, such colors give birth to utterly cute micro floral embroideries, the designs of which got utilized to decorate everything from puffed-up shirts to culottes.
Exposed hems, acid wash effects and minuscule keyholes complete the collection with what could be regarded as Rykiel’s omnipresent visionary touch, which will always inspire and encourage us to dare in life.
Photos courtesy of Vogue