Sonia Rykiel passed away at the age of 86 last August, leaving behind a legacy of liberating, and truly feminist womenswear. Her last collection (back in 2008) highlighted an end of an era, and for a few seasons the brand vanished from the press. Of course, there were many attempts of bringing back the spotlight; but only the appearance of Julie De Libran resulted in the label’s return to prosperity. And I bet that Sonia would be happy to see Libran’s work at the iconic, rooted on Boulevard du Saint Germain maison.
Instead of mourning black, Julie did spring-summer 2017 in a very Sonia way. Of course, the collection focused on knitwear, one of the most recognisable codes of the brand. Over-sized sweaters with voluminous sleeves, knitted maxi-dresses and soft tunics caught the eye of every Parisienne who sat front-row. Sonia opened her first boutique in 1968, a memorable year filled with street demonstrations and general strikes in France. Freedom was always synonymous with Rykiel’s fashion: that’s why the creative director sent out a line of care-free dresses and drifty flares. Perfect wardrobe samples for a woman, who wants to move forward, and never look back. At the end of the show, models wore sweaters with letters, forming RYKIEL FOREVER – a beautiful ode to Sonia.