Julie De Libran unveiled Sonia Rykiel spring/summer 2016 ready-to-wear collection.
Julie de Libran was greeting guests at the entrance of Sonia Rykiel’s Boulevard Saint Germain boutique yesterday. 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 and ist’s a Julie de Libran’s debut in the role of creativ director.She comes to Rykiel from Louis Vuitton, where she designed the preseason collections under Marc Jacobs.
De Libran has a light touch, Rykiel’s signature stripes materialized in many different guises: on tweedy tailoring, knitted fur chubbies, a belted organza peasant dress and the bikini underneath it, even on a basic V-neck. As a female designer, she can romance an easy three-quarter-length denim skirt or an army parka just as well as she can a sequined minidress, but by the end of the collection, things were very Glamour- there were a final series of richly colored sequin gowns. They will shimmer and sparkle even in the darkest corner of a european’s famous nightclubs. 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.