The Sonia by Sonia Rykiel collection for Resort 2017 put emphasis on a decidedly 21st-century stripe of eclecticism, underscored by the choice to reprise emerging Ukrainian pop duo The Bloom Twins as lookbook stars.
Rive Gauche charm is the most integral part of the Rykiel DNA, but this season had more of a globe-trotting spirit—the stylistic mishmash of two cities on so many lips right now, Seoul and Los Angeles, name-checked specifically. With the voice of Mme. Rykiel herself, inveterate champion of the crossroads of traditionally “good” and “bad” taste ringing in mind, artistic director Julie de Libran and her team proposed crayon-color patchworked velour pullovers, glittering Lurex knits, splashy script “Sonia” prints (right in step with the runway’s current yen for logomania), dark wash denims, and cheeky layering combos—a mélange of house signatures and thoroughly modern touches. De Libran’s girl may have racked up some travel time this season, but one patch spoke volumes as to the collection’s overriding ethos: “Je suis Parisienne.”