It’s a year to the month since Geraldo da Conceição arrived at Sonia Rykiel with the mandate to breath some fresh air into the venerable house. The designer’s beautiful spring collection proved that he’s had no trouble settling in.

He worked Rykiel’s codes with confidence and ample charm, riffing on Twenties silhouettes with many terrific knits. The Lurex tank tops and slim skirts, for example, had just the right amount of placed argyle patterns, with neon ribbon details at their waists and hemlines to accentuate their youthful punch. The chic striped T-shirt and pencil skirt were among the looks that evoked Deauville with au courant ease.

The wovens exuded a similar romance, demonstrated with a voluminous layered suit and a red top with a soft pink skirt, the latter finished off with a powdery blue ribbon-belt loosely tied around the waist.

If the presentation at the gilded Sorbonne space felt more serious than those in the past, da Conceição’s clothes lost none of Rykiel’s signature joie de vivre.

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