On a bright yellow runway Sonia Rykiel’s daughter, Nathalie Rykiel, and recently appointed creative director, April Crichton, showed a collection of 70s-inspired shapes and shades. While Spring 2012 may not have been as coquettish and flirty – or upbeat for that matter – as some of Rykiel’s die-hard fans may have wished, the collection was full of the striped knits, culottes, pleated skirts, printed sundresses, and masculine-inspired pant suits that have made Rykiel so popular with Parisian gamine-look loving women. The one major disappointment? There weren’t enough smiling models, usually a given at a Rykiel show, this season.
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TheFashionSpot's Lifestyle Editor, Sharon Feiereisen, is a freelance lifestyle writer based in New York City. Her work has been published in Newsday, The Knot, AM New York, WHERE New York, Dan's Papers, and Hamptons Magazine, among many other print and online outlets. Check out her tumblr blog, Random Happenings.