To view the full Sonia Rykiel Fall 2018 collection, click here.
There were so many smiles at the Sonia Rykiel show this season. Models all but skipped down the runway—often hand in hand, or arm in arm in some sort of best-friend troupe, with their hair frizzed in the same fashion as the late Mme. Rykiel’s—grinning ear to ear, and in one case, even sharing a smooch. The audience was smiling too, because for Fall 2018, creative director Julie de Libran really found her groove. She channeled vintage Rykiel runways, on which models did, in fact, strut ensemble, and also that vintage Rykiel spirit, one that was all about joy, comfort, feminine strength, empowerment, and fun. Fun has, since the iconic Left Bank house’s inception, always been an integral part of Sonia Rykiel, and there were heaps of it here. De Libran sent out giant furry looks in multiple colors, comfy velvet suits that would be equally at home on the dance floor or at a pajama party, cozy top-to-toe tartan looks, cute little berets, and a suit jacket with zipped cutouts worn by a dancing model. The roomy coats, ’80s suits, destroyed knits, and striped knits (all the knits!) that de Libran proposed are everything fun-loving, stylish women want to wear today. Perhaps women like Bananarama’s Sara Dallin, Siobhan Fahey, and Keren Woodward, who played “He Was Really Sayin’ Somethin,’” “Cruel Summer,” and “Venus” live while models stormed the runway for the finale. Streamer cannons erupted, spitting out strands of metallic ribbon, and showgoers—editors included—danced and sang before joining the models to shimmy and cheer and sip champagne. It was glorious.