April Crichton, the newly named creative director for Sonia Rykiel, presented her first collection for the label yesterday along a very very long canary yellow runway painted on the floor of the massive Halle Freyssinet. It was hard not to smile as the sporty '20s-inspired pleated skirts, menswear pants, and classic Rykiel stripey knits came down the runway. Even the models smiled, too, as their hair, pulled back with oversized barrets, bounced in step. That sunny, bright yellow was prevalent on the dresses as well as the runway, sealing yellow's fate as the color for spring.
Rykiel, who is 81, was seated in the front row, even though she looked quite frail. In a touching moment following the finale, a young woman, (WWD informs us it was Rykiel's granddaughter Salomé), presented the venerable designer with a bouquet of red roses. We can't imagine she was anything less than thrilled with the collection that so honored her brand's DNA.
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