Sonia Rykiel: Left Bank designer Sonia Rykiel scored with a frisky collection, featuring models cavorting in ultrasmall striped bikinis or floaty chiffon dresses. Elaborating on her favorite knitwear motif, Rykiel worked sweaters into oversized dresses that dangled off the shoulders or slouchy knit trousers with utility pockets. Her miniskirts and satin lingerie dresses picked up on this season’s sexy vibe. Rykiel’s still got plenty of vivacity and kick.

Guy Laroche: Laetitia Hecht, in her second collection for Guy Laroche, has begun to direct this aging house down the comeback trail. Hecht, who was inspired by Africa, interpreted safari looks with low-slung utility pants paired with sexy lacy tops and also worked a glamorous African-queen angle with slinky chiffon dresses.

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