Sonia Rykiel infused her runway presentation with warmth and good humour. Her models stopped to chat and smile as they walked through a stage set made of metal fencing and artily placed neon strip lighting. For fans of Rykiel clothing, her familiar flourishes were present: the strong colours, bows, stripes and that sense of punky playfulness.
The overall visual theme was plaid and tweed which came in the form of suits, pencil skirts, little tailored riding jackets and large, blanket sized scarves that were folded and hung over the shoulder. Emerging trends of the season appeared: stirrup ski pants, voluminous furry shoulders on coats and wide-legged trousers.
Amongst all of this was a high-collared coat with safari pockets, some very cute woollen jumpers, thin quilted coats and Rykiel’s take on the platform brogues. Embellishments came with a swallow shaped brooch to fasten a jacket, falling leaves across an evening dress and woolly tassles on a blanket bag. Adorable.