Paris Fashion Week SS16: Sonia Rykiel

Paris Fashion Week SS16: Sonia Rykiel

Spread those wings

Text: Andrea Sim

The Sonia Rykiel woman leaves the nest and broadens her horizons, taking on camouflage prints and laid-back sportswear in bold strides

Leitmotif: The leitmotif of the SS16 collection was the swallow that flittered through shirts and camouflage printed dresses. They also turned up on pyjama-esque ensembles, liberally sprinkled in confetti-like fashion. 

Fresh vibes: Just a few seasons into her role at Sonia Rykiel and Julie de Libran has already redefined the house's French woman — she's a little less precious and a whole lot bolder. But, you can still catch a glimpse of her more feminine side through the copper sequined floor-length dress topped with a luxurious fur stole.

The collection: Denim shirts with oversized studs (look 10), tunics drenched in multi-coloured sequins, and lattice-knit dresses and cotton jumpers (looks 13 and 23). Modern. And yet, the designer demonstrated that it doesn't hurt to hold on to the past, as after all, nothing beats a dash of old-school glamour — tasteful and brilliant gowns came along in classic cuts and closed the show.

Worth the investment: The lacquered and woven raffia jacket. Hands down. Why? We lust over anything remotely crafty.

Something you might have missed: Monochrome fur stoles with soaring swallows (looks 24 and 31). 

Favourite accessory: The miniature duffel with pop art vibes. Hot red lips, ladybugs and four leaf clovers stood out against the black leather bag (look 10). Has de Libran found a calling in accessories à la Anya Hindmarch?

To see the full collection, click on the gallery below.

For all our coverage of Paris Fashion Week SS16, click here