Sonia Rykiel : The Queen of Knitwear - 2009 Spring-Summer Collection
Sonia Rykiel
The Queen of Knitwear - 2009 Spring-Summer Collection
Ma_Na + E.N., October 13, 2008
Sonia Rykiel 2009 Ready-ro-Wear Spring-Summer Collection
Sonia Rykiel 2009 Ready-ro-Wear Spring-Summer Collection


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Sonia Rykiel (born in 1930 in Paris) is a compelling presence whose intellect and individuality are apparent in her clothes. With her small bones and trademark mane of hair, she is probably her own best model, projecting assurance and energy. She began designing with no previous experience when, as the pregnant wife of the owner of Laura, a fashionable boutique, she was unable to find maternity clothes she liked. Continuing to design knitwear for Laura, she soon carved a niche for herself designing for well-to-do and sophisticated modern French women. By 1964, Rykiel had been nicknamed "The Queen of Knitwear" in the U.S., where an ardent following developed for her knits, which were sold in trendsetting stores like Henri Bendel and Bloomingdale's in New York. For women who were rich and thin enough to wear them, these skinny sweaters, with their high armholes, imparted instant chic. Part of their appeal was in their distinctive colors and striped patterns. Black, navy, gray, and beige are still standards, but there was also a unique Rykiel palette of muted tones - stripes of grayed seafoam green and grayed teal. Although she herself does not wear red (she wears black, considering it a uniform), Rykiel still uses it consistently, with the shade changing from season to season.

Sonia Rykiel 2009 Ready-ro-Wear Spring-Summer Collection
Sonia Rykiel 2009 Ready-ro-Wear Spring-Summer Collection


Sonia Rykiel 2009 Ready-ro-Wear Spring-Summer Collection
Sonia Rykiel 2009 Ready-ro-Wear Spring-Summer Collection


Sonia Rykiel 2009 Ready-ro-Wear Spring-Summer Collection
Sonia Rykiel 2009 Ready-ro-Wear Spring-Summer Collection


Rykiel continues to design a complete range of clothes and accessories for women in the 1990s, drawn from her experiences and her fantasies, which she encourages women to appropriate and adapt whilst inventing and reinventing themselves. In addition to knits and jerseys, she uses crêpe for soft clothes, and woven tweeds and plaids for a more structured day look. Evening fantasies are best expressed in lightweight black luxury fabrics, often combined with sequins, metallic thread, embroidery, or elaborate combinations incorporating velvet. Physical fitness is implicit in Sonia Rykiel's idea of modern femininity, so it is no surprise that the innermost layers of the knitted or jersey separates at the heart of her collections continue to be body conscious, if not figure hugging.

Sonia Rykiel 2009 Ready-ro-Wear Spring-Summer Collection
Sonia Rykiel 2009 Ready-ro-Wear Spring-Summer Collection


Sonia Rykiel 2009 Ready-ro-Wear Spring-Summer Collection
Sonia Rykiel 2009 Ready-ro-Wear Spring-Summer Collection


Sonia Rykiel 2009 Ready-ro-Wear Spring-Summer Collection
Sonia Rykiel 2009 Ready-ro-Wear Spring-Summer Collection


Sonia Rykiel 2009 Ready-ro-Wear Spring-Summer Collection
Sonia Rykiel 2009 Ready-ro-Wear Spring-Summer Collection


They range in style from skimpy, narrow-shouldered pullovers with recognizable Rykiel detailing, to drop-shouldered tunics, to cardigans both short and boxy, and long and flowing. The detailing itself can be as soft as ruffles and bows, or as hard as nail heads. Although certain themes like cropped wide-leg trousers recur, the skirts and trousers that accompany the sweaters sometimes reflect the fashion of the moment, as in the short skirt worn with a classic Rykiel sweater which was featured by the New York Times Magazine in Patricia McColl's 1988 spring fashion preview, titled "The Byword is Short." The sweater is a fine example of another important facet of Rykiel's work: the dress, sweater, or accessory as bulletin board.

Sonia Rykiel 2009 Ready-ro-Wear Spring-Summer Collection
Sonia Rykiel 2009 Ready-ro-Wear Spring-Summer Collection


Sonia Rykiel 2009 Ready-ro-Wear Spring-Summer Collection
Sonia Rykiel 2009 Ready-ro-Wear Spring-Summer Collection


Sonia Rykiel 2009 Ready-ro-Wear Spring-Summer Collection
Sonia Rykiel 2009 Ready-ro-Wear Spring-Summer Collection


Sonia Rykiel 2009 Ready-ro-Wear Spring-Summer Collection
Sonia Rykiel 2009 Ready-ro-Wear Spring-Summer Collection


Sonia Rykiel, once called "Coco Rykiel," is a worthy successor to the Chanel tradition: she is a strong, ultrafeminine, articulate intellectual with a flair for simplicity and self-promotion, who has shown herself capable of both refined innovation and commercial success. Today, Sonia Rykiel she’s working with her daughter Nathalie Rykiel as a creative director.

Sonia Rykiel 2009 Ready-ro-Wear Spring-Summer Collection
Sonia Rykiel 2009 Ready-ro-Wear Spring-Summer Collection


Sonia Rykiel 2009 Ready-ro-Wear Spring-Summer Collection
Sonia Rykiel 2009 Ready-ro-Wear Spring-Summer Collection


Sonia Rykiel 2009
Sonia Rykiel 2009


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