Whenever I think spring, for some reason, I always think of lovers in Paris. And whenever I think of romantics, I envision the girl wearing a kitschy Sonia Rykiel knit sweater. So before the last flower blooms this season, I thought I ought to pay tribute to Rykiel as an icon! Read on!

Rykiel was born on May 25th 1930 as the eldest of five daughters in a Polish Jew family in Paris Creon. She ended her studies at high school in Neuilly-sur-Seine, and started her career at the age of 17 dressing the window displays of a Parisian textile store. In 1953, she married Sam Rykiel, the owner of Laura, a high end boutique. Rykiel didn’t have a metier – like her mother, she was raised to raise children Download Kalmuri.

In 1962, Rykiel found herself pregnant and without a single comfortably soft sweater to wear. So she decided to use one of her husband’s suppliers to design a pullover. Incidentally, that pullover ended up on the cover of Elle Magazine cubrid_jdbc.jar. She continued to design knitwear for Laura, carving a niche for herself as a designer to sophisticated modern French women. By 1964 Women’s Wear Daily elected her the Queen of Knits, cultivating a strong US following for her knits, sold in Henri Bendel and Bloomingdale’s in New York. 

By that time (after 7 alterations), Rykiel had crafted her signature knit; skinny sweaters with high armholes sans hem or lining, that imparted instant chic. Part of their appeal resided in their distinct colours and striped patterns. She later became the first designer to use visible seams and print words on sweaters 신문 명조체. To this day, Rykiel still releases the design, changing the shades in accordance to the season.

And trust me, they’re an iconic designer investment piece. The same way you should own a 2.55 from Chanel, or a pair of ballet flats from Repetto, everyone simply must have a Rykiel knit 경리나라 다운로드. Trust me, they are amazingly comfy for such a high end statement piece.

In May 1968, Rykiel opened her own boutique on the rue de Grenelle. At the time, her boutique’s radical creations offered a fresh alternative to the more rigid designs of that era. Many appreciate Rykiel as an early exponent of deconstruction. Visibly unconventional design motifs aside, she was one of the first to mix materials for quality yarns, mixing wool with angora and cotton velours 캐드 2012 크랙.

In many ways, her designs still look modern today, and never fail to prove knit sweaters as up-to-date chic. Rykiel attributes this to designing to individually and functionally cater to women rather than according to fashion trends. “When it rained, I designed a trenchcoat. When it was cold, I did a coat. I followed my instincts. I knew absolutely nothing about fashion,” she has explained 한컴 개인정보탐색기.

However so, Rykiel has revolutionized knitwear for over 40 years now, and is considered as one of the fashion world’s most influential and inspiring people. One surefire way to gauge an icon is when their hair alone has achieved cult status. Anna Wintour has her bob, Karl Lagerfeld his platinum ponytail adobe 무료 다운로드. Rykiel has a crimped mane of red frizz.

And celebrated her tresses are. For her 40th anniversary show, 30 models sported Rykiel tribute designs. Jean-Paul Gaultier topped a knitting needle-collared jumper dress with an orange wig and Martin Margiela created a dress of frizzy fur 네모의꿈 mp3 다운로드.

To this day, Rykiel’s shops still have their exclusive one-off feel and she’s one of the few designers to keep the business in the family. Even if she and her daughter Nathalie Rykiel now own 60 boutiques around the world. 

Of course, Rykiel isn’t just known for her knits – she’s also known for ruffled printed long dresses, drop-shouldered tunics, trench coats and vibrant pop art designs Download The English Dictionary apk. Each timelessly out of trend.

But what I personally love Rykiel most for, is the fact that she always designs for herself instead of chasing trends. In fact, I’d say the recipe to her success lies within basing all her collections on her distinctly individual sense of character.

“Comfortable means nothing, feminine means nothing, masculine means nothing. I want my designs to be objects of desire. I love the way you can see something and think, ‘That is me!'”

This idea is something that transcends to all her lines (household linens, enfant, cosmetics, homme, footwear… the list goes on) and her runway shows. The idea of individuality propagates so strongly within the Rykiel name that all her shows always make the catwalk look like the most happening party on earth. If I ever got the opportunity to walk for a designer, Rykiel would be it.

These days, Rykiel has carved quite a name for herself within the fashionista youth via Sonia Rykiel pour H&M, launched in December 2009. Undoubtedly, it has served as her ticket into withholding her elite designer status in a brand new era.

But enough about me, what do you think of Sonia Rykiel?

 

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