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Sonia Rykiel S/S 2011: Paris Fashion Week

The Milan shows may have been all about color, but Paris has been considerably more subdued.
Leave it to Sonia Rykiel to change all of that.
Color blocking and geometric details were key in the 1970s, 1940s, and Asian inspired collection.
Spring 2011 at Sonia Rykiel will be rife with muddy yellow, brown, pink, orange, red, and beige looks done in a variety of silhouettes.
The designer’s inspiration came through loudest via short, loose fitted dresses that had extra wide sleeves, as well as through some head-to-toe stripped looks (a Rykiel signature), and fringe and tassel details, notably on long necklaces and handbags.
Rykiel’s signature lightweight knits made recurring appearances in the Nathalie Rykiel-designed collection (Nathalie, Sonia’s daughter, is the brand’s Artistic Director), making for a slew of quirky patterned tops.

The underwear as outerwear looks we’ve seen on runways for a few seasons now appeared in a few lingerie-inspired tops and dresses, but Rykiel made the trend her own by doing them trompe l’oeil style.
Sheer panels and a full on sheer top played into this as well.
Tied bows were seen everywhere – around the ankles via shoe ties, kimono style belts around waists, and belted bows on the tops of pants, all of which helped define the models’ bodies.
The fitted looks were contrasted with loose dresses, jumpsuits, caftans, tunics, wide leg pants, and even some roomy suits, giving the Parisian women who swear by Rykiel plenty of options for the season.