In 2014, known to millions on social media as #TheYearoftheSelfie, self-reflection is more than a passing interest. For Fall/Winter 2014, “Moi” (me) was the central theme at Sonia Rykiel as artistic director Geraldo da Conceicao liberally appointed the knitwear-driven collection with the word. Me, me, me became mine, mine, mine as covetable, cozy looks prompted desire in the onlooker.
Rykiel was among the first to splash her clothing with words and phrases, so de Conceicao’s efforts were not lost on longtime patrons of the label. House codes are to be expected, but what was surprising were the enormous Mongolian furs he paired with monochrome neutral separates, and the loungey bathrobes with contrast lapels and piping that added a louche feel to the presentation. Other forward-thinking looks came from velvet-finished knit separates paired with scrunchy gloves, which looked especially keen when they broke free from the parade of somber neutrals by showing up in energetic shades of salmon pink and buttery yellow. The self-possessed modern woman who dons Sonia Rykiel for Fall/Winter 2014 may be dressing for herself, but her choice of comfortable knitwear and all-weather outerwear proves that pragmatism is a constant source of consideration.
Photos: Courtesy of Sonia Rykiel