Sticking to the same design codes for resort 2016 as they did for fall 2015, the Sonia by Sonia Rykiel team, working under Julie de Libran’s artistic direction, again presented the collection styled on illustrator/model Langley Fox (Mariel Hemingway’s daughter) posing in a Left Bank café for photographer Sonia Sieff (Seventies photographer Jeanloup Sieff’s daughter).
There is a sense of family in both the Rykiel business and the way de Libran is putting her spin on the now Chinese-owned brand. The resort collection, loosely based on Italian designer Carlo Mollino’s Polaroid photos of pin-ups, further developed key Rykiel signatures, such as stripes, done here in a nautical cream-and-navy tweed skirt and matching top or in a trompe l’oeil knit dress with a layered look.
The design team also mixed in denim pieces suited to a Parisian-chic contemporary wardrobe, including a retro-cut pant with patch pocket on the front worn under a trench with faux pony print sleeves. The faux-fur elements and a sexier, more rock ’n’ roll direction — both carryovers from last season — continued to bring a dose of cool, youthful attitude to Rykiel’s contemporary line.