Sonia Rykiel celebrated 50th anniversary with the Fall Winter 2018 collection showcased in Paris. Creative director Julie de Libran said “We’re celebrating 50 years this year and ’68 liberated women and gave them a voice. I wanted to show that I’m one of those women. It’s about creativity through the clothes.”
Julie de Libran travels through and conflates ideas and eras of femininity in the anniversary collection, essentially to bring them to the point of today. The lineup opened with four models clad in head-to-toe furry looks each in a different color.
“This collection is not an homage to, but an honoring of the spirit of Sonia Rykiel, a spirit that encouraged women to live their lives creatively, individually, and out loud — and that includes me,” wrote de Libran in the show notes.
“The spirit of post punk, new wave and pop was quite an influence for me growing up… this was when I discovered how to express myself as somebody who is quite shy, this was how I found my voice and spoke,” she continued.
Libran had girl group Bananarama perform at the show finale, they played their hit cover of “He Was Really Sayin’ Somethin’.”