Thursday, February 18, 2010

In Preparation for Sonia Rykiel pour H&M: A Crash Course in The Queen of Knits

I was super disappointed in a) the reception of and b) the prices of the Sonia Rykiel Lingerie line for H&M, but the one landing in stores Feb 20 has me giggling and wiggling for all things Sonia.

Sonia Rykiel, to me, symbolizes French quirky chic at its best. Stripes, bows, jumpsuits, knits, piping seams, printed words, rhinestones, ruffles – it’s all there in this H&M collection and I can’t wait to get my hands on it.

And in case you aren’t up to date on your French history, here’s a quick rundown of Sonia Rykiel: She’s The Queen of Knits  (She got her start making maternity knitwear for herself), with a flair for the dramatic and a predisposition of fun, fun, fun.

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Bottom two sweaters: $29.99 each. Bien sur, s’il vous-plait!


Key elements to Sonia Rykiel designs:

whimsy * trademark stripes * bows * rhinestones * knits * ruffles * concentrated colors with black * fun * graphic printed words * sparkle * piping


For Spring Summer 2009 and her 40th anniversary she had one of the most fun fashion shows I’ve ever seen (on, of course) – what Nicole Phelps of called “genuinely fun fashion” complete with conga lines, dancing models, and confetti, and “30’s by way of 70’s” feeling.


Lily and Raquel look like they are having so much fun!

Her daughter Nathalie got in the same spirit and surprised her maman with “Bon Anniversaire, Maman” – a surprise 30 + models runway show after the Spring Summer 2009 show. And what a show it was: Nathalie got designers to create designs inspired by Sonia Rykiel. The results were, as the French say, incroyable.

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Ralph, Missoni, Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel, Ann Demeulemeester, Stella, Nina Ricci, and Michael Kors for Sonia Rykiel

Bisoux! xx

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