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Sonia by Sonia Rykiel Pre-Fall 2014: Radiant, Surreal and Full of Quirk

Wait -- was Kristin Wiig's SNL character Dooneese inspo for this collection?
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It's interesting to see how designers take on the season in between spring and fall. Sometimes it's fall-like fabrics and styles in summery colors and prints. Sometimes, it's the other way around. Sonia Rykiel has color and quirk engrained into its DNA, so for the Pre-Fall Sonia by Sonia Rykiel collection, the design team presented an accessible take on the former, with a pretty strong Japanese influence and some surrealism thrown in.

A signature motif was hands -- a bit reminiscent of Diane von Furstenberg's Fall 2012 collection -- but done on a smaller scale, which, now that I think about it, might be more akin to Kristin Wiig's SNL character (who made a cameo this past weekend), Dooneese. The tiny hands appeared holding flower bouquets printed on pastel silk shirt dresses, blouses and pajama-esque trousers; on sweaters, and as a pseudo-stripe on a scoop neck dress, which was actually pretty cute.

Another motif was apples -- seen on a sweater, stripe top and jewelry -- great if you like cutesy things (which I do). Another playful accoutrement that worked: a detachable string of oversized pearls attached to the neckline of dresses in lieu of necklaces.

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Getting into quirkier territory, one look layered a dip-dyed ombré ribbed crop top with long sleeves and cut-outs at the elbows over a matching orange sweater dress. Definitely not an outfit everyone can pull off. Ditto the gaucho pants -- also seen at Proenza Schouler

The Sonia team is likely banking on the offbeat sweaters, outerwear (solid-colored, functional jackets) and accessories to sell. Speaking of accessories, the label says it is set to ramp up that department in the coming seasons. There were some covetable leather camera-like bags, but the pink fuzzy flap bag covered in sparkling stars was a bit too Paris Hilton for my taste.

Check out the full collection below.