Sonia by Sonia Rykiel AW13

Sonia Rykiel’s art-gallery style AW13 presentation saw models posing with abstract shapes and colour co-ordinated pieces of card.   This quirky simplicity was well suited to the decidedly understated collection, with block colours and oversized androgynous tailoring in navy, steel grey and camel.  We loved the array of boyfriend-style jackets, which included wool blazers and double-breasted trench coats, with Rykiel taking oversized tailoring to its peak.

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In contrast to the masculine tailoring, the collection also featured a selection of calf length midi skirts, in an array of juicy plum and raspberry shades, pretty print, block graphics and a mix of textures, from tweed, to knit, to leather to velvet. The mix of feminine and masculine elements, such as teaming bright patent court shoes with androgynous tailored suits, was reminiscent of the 1980s Working Woman vibe – and was enhanced by the behind-the-ears hairstyles sported by the models and the occasional flash of red lipstick. It is clear from these classic looks that Rykiel has not lost her signature professional style, or her ability to produce unmistakeably wearable pieces that we can’t help but covet.

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