Paris Fashion Week Fall Winter 2018 : Sonia Rykiel
Designer, Julie de Libran had looked back to her own formative fashion years for inspiration and her obsession with post-punk, new wave and eighties pop music and the clothes that came with them. Describing herself as a shy young woman, she said, “this is how I found my voice and spoke: through fashion.” De Libran had a reason for her wholehearted embrace of nostalgia. This was an anniversary collection. Fifty years ago, Sonia Rykiel opened her first boutique in Saint-Germain-de-Prés and her brand will forever be associated with an emancipated version of flirty French coquettishness. At times her laughing, joyful groups of models, in striped knit maxi dresses or little modish sequin shifts looked like they were in the girl group version of The Monkees but in fact the models were only the warm up act.
As the last one took to the runway, stage hands placed three microphones onto the catwalk. Then Bananarama walked on and began belting out their greatest hits. Add some epic confetti cannons into the mix and the atmosphere quickly turned into a concert and after party.