New York Fashion Week Spring ’17: Sonia by Sonia Rykiel’s Casual Country Chic

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New York Fashion Week is yet again upon us and as the excitement of what the future holds in fashion is buzzing, I can’t help but cover the biggest fashion event of the year for our first post, and pay tribute to a fashion great that was very recently lost. Sonia Rykiel may no longer be with us, as she just recently passed away in August, but her namesake fashion house and collection (now headed by Julie de Libran) did not fail to keep her spirit alive. The collection’s story reflected that of a weekend in the country, featuring feminine prints, ruffles galore, Rykiel’s iconic printed knits and silhouettes that fulfilled the need to feel like a women.

The collection was anchored by horizontal stripes, floral prints and ruffles, which were evident in almost every piece or styled look. Structured pieces like lightweight overcoats, crisp button front shirts layered underneath dresses, and cropped knit jackets (that maintained the sharp structural integrity regardless of the fabric composition) created a sharpness to the collection that kept if from appearing too dainty. Fabrics were used wisely to maintain a casual mood with many of the pieces constructed in silk satin, cotton, and denim. The color story was soft yet bold with the utilization of blush pink, red, hunter green, yellow, teal, and black. Keeping with a key trend that has graced the stages in many of the other designer collections, ruffles were prevalent in many of the pieces; as they were featured adorning hemlines, collars and sleeves.

Stand out pieces for me in this collection were the multi-colored sleeveless shift dress paired over the crisp, white button front shirt; the red striped sleeveless knit mini dress with ruffle neck collar, and the black, quilted full length topper.

–Carmen Turner


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