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Sonia Rykiel Fall 2011 Aims for Versatile Chic, Creates Confusion

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In order for designers to keep up with a fast paced industry like the fashion world, they must create bold collections that are versatile and stand out. For Fall 2011, Nathalie Rykiel (Sonia’s daughter), took to such advice-way too literally. For starters, Sonia Rykiel’s Fall 2011 Ready-To-Wear Collection was set up on an unconventional runway, which included fences and models talking to one another as they rested on visible benches. While the show’s casual change of pace is in line with the brand’s quirky DNA, some of the clothing looked more addled in a thrown-together kind of manner, than diverse.

The collection kicked off with the label’s quirky outerwear, including several tartan suits that were paired with pink and yellow fur boas, Rykiel’s signature knits and Fair Isle sweaters. Argyle prints and fishmerman’s knits also made appearances throughout the show. The palette contained a ton of reds, which were mixed with trendy pinks, blacks and neutrals. The Fall line featured rich textures and a variety of  materials which focused on chunky knits, quilted satin baseball jackets, and Mongolian fur sleeves. Print-heavy looks, which  included color blocking, stripes and plaids only furthered the sense of confusion which was prominent throughout the show.

Rykiel pulled it together for the night ensembles, which included sequin-striped frocks, gowns that displayed intricate cutouts at the side, and big chunky pearl earrings. A cobalt blue floor length dress with a fur trimmed hem was playful, girly and Sonia Rykiel at heart.

Nathalie who took a bow sans her mother, also showed off the brand’s much loved sweater-dresses and quirky appliqués. However, unlike in previous seasons where a theme, be it kooky or kitschy, bound the looks together and narrated a story, this collection lacked a sense of cohesion and unity. It was a free-for all more than the free-spirited style Rykiel usually achieves.

For more information on Sonia Rykiel: http://www.soniarykiel.fr/

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*Images provided by Style.com

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