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I love all that is Sonia Rykiel. The French designer is an inspiration for countless fashion devotees, a pioneer in the industry, and has influenced countless of her fellow designers – as was evidenced by her landmark anniversary show and celebration last Spring. While Rykiel may not be that involved creatively speaking in her shows anymore (as anyone who saw the Sundance Channel’s “The Day Before Sonia Rykiel” was able to see), her signature aesthetic lives on and manifests itself in similar iterations season after season.


For the Spring/Summer 2010 collection, Rykiel and her daughter Nathalie Rykiel (who is the president and creative director of her mother’s namesake brand), opted to show the collection in one of Rykiel’s boutiques at the Boulevard Saint-Germain where in a typical loud, jovial, and upbeat atmosphere the designer showed her collection of faux-beret, sunglasses, deep bold colors, glitter, glitz, and plenty of smiles on a runway covered with colorful confetti.


Quilting – done in bright metallics – was featured prominently, as were belted silhouettes, sheer details, stripes, bows, deep-Vs, high-waist pants, jumpers, and long droopy bows around the collarbone area.


Rykiel’s looks are wearable, but they’re certainly not for anyone – and that’s exactly what makes them so special.

Images courtesy of the Fashion Spot forums.