Sonia Rykiel S/S 2017

Sonia Rykiel S/S 2017

Mood board: In the recent aftermath of its founder’s death, the house of Sonia Rykiel threw a good-time party; exactly the kind of silver-confetti strewn extravaganza that Sonia herself would have loved. After a rousing ’Rykiel forever’ spelled out per letter onto the chests of models wearing knit sweaters and sexy hot pants, creative director Julie de Libran got down to her business of creating off-duty, full-volume clothes from the worlds chicest ingénues.

Best in show: The collection was packed with juicy gems, including enormously wide flood-like pants paired with everything from crisp indigo kaftan tops, pyjama shirt tops and tie front tops. Even better were the novelty knits shown such as sailor stripe sweaters that featured exaggerated lantern sleeve constructions and oversized shoulders dotted with gold buttons.

Finishing touches: The handbags were as big as tents and were cut from neutral canvas or strips of leather appliquéd with printed toile fabric. Ever the balancer with her high volume clothes, de Libran anchored the oversized looks with hefty platform shoes.

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