Byline: Elaine Glusac
CHICAGO — Parisian designer Sonia Rykiel charmed Chicago with her unique mix of funk and finery at the Chicago Historical Society’s Donors’ Ball, where she accepted the Costume Committee’s third annual design excellence award.
“People like me, who are always creating…need love. When we receive something like this, it is like the world loves us — me,” said Rykiel, holding her Cartier crystal award high above her head, like a trophy.
With the help of Joan Weinstein, owner of the Sonia Rykiel boutique, the crowd got a look at Rykiel’s spring ’95 collection.
The supremely sexy show featured clingy shifts with rhinestone studs in bra and bikini patterns, boa-trimmed jackets and pants and jewel-toned satins in everything from dresses to dressing gowns. Top-stitched pockets, sailor looks, nipped waists and knee-length hems flirted with Forties’ styles.
“It’s for women who love to play,” said Rykiel, who admitted her head-turning looks were for those with head-turning intent. “Fashion is a way to play.”
Rykiel accepted the award from CNN’s Elsa Klensch, who came to Chicago specifically for the occasion. “Sonia and I have been friends forever, and you know, I wear a lot of Sonia Rykiel,” Klensch said.
DAYHOFF TAKES OFF
CHICAGO — Showing his loyalty to the store that has carried his clothes for eight years, Chicago designer Richard Dayhoff launched his unisex fragrance, Dayhoff, at Marshall Field’s.
The introduction was an exception to Dayhoff’s marketing strategy to sell the scent at specialty stores, where he hopes it will stand out in a crowded category. But Field’s gave the product good coverage at counters in the men’s and women’s departments.
Dayhoff is designed to appeal to both sexes with its citrus top note, clean body and sensual musk finish. It marries the yin and yang of sexuality, said Dayhoff, who modeled the scent after his clothes — soft, drapey looks in men’s wear fabrications.
“My clothing almost looks nongender. It’s classic and timeless. The fragrance is like that — not feminine, not masculine.”
Samples were distributed in individual vials, which Dayhoff said preserves the integrity of the scent and its exclusive image; he called fragrance departments “overwhelming.”
The 2-oz. pour bottle made its first appearance in more than 75 doors last fall.