A poster of a blue cocktail as an invitation, an abundance of colorful libations proffered up upon arrival at the show, a catwalk covered in glitter and a cool two-woman electronic band called C.A.R. singing elliptically in French mean just one thing: it’s party time at Sonia Rykiel.
Designer Julie de Libran took to this new after-dark direction like a true “oiseaux de nuit,” which the press notes explain as a person who prefers to go out at night. An idea de Libran expanded on by using birds as the leitmotif of the collection. She had them popping up as a colorful print on a poplin top, an abstract camouflage on a pleated dress or as a sequined shadow swooping across the shoulder of a grey sweatshirt.
When the birds migrated, in came the shoulder-ruffled lace or silk plisse dresses, the colorful fur stoles dragged down the catwalk with total disregard by the models (perhaps reenacting an early morning walk of shame) and some clever new fringed gym bag handbags.
But the real stars of this sartorial party were the designer's final series of richly colored sequin gowns. They will shimmer and sparkle even in the darkest corner of a Parisian nightclub. And for those who prefer a more understated boit de nuit alternative, de Libran has got them covered. Wearing a pair of silk pajamas covered in a delicate bird motif to go out dancing all night just sounds like the chicest thing going.