PFW SS19: Sonia Rykiel

SONIA Rykiel has always had a way with set design. Last season was a plain black runway with a rainbow screen at the back, with a mellow minor chords playing in the background, showcasing subtle ‘90s vibes in the clothing. This season they have taken guests over to a night marketplace. Guests sat under a ribbed steel roof tent with light bulbs hanging  at the front in the streets of Paris.

This took guests back to the 1960s when Sonia Rykiel changed the expectations of women and pushed for changed. Allowing women in Paris, and later throughout the West, the possibility to dress in jeans, shorts and mini-skirts in public without being arrested for indecent exposure.

This show portrays versatility from loose tailored looks to oversized knits with stripes, denim pieces and leather fringe belts. The colour palette is very relaxed with a lot of whites accompanied by nudes, tones of green, red, yellow and not forgetting black.


Men, children and a dog also graced the catwalk, emphasising the theme of everyday life.The show ended with models walking down the runway with large striped bags filled with groceries – developing further the image of the modernday, working woman.

by Ruth Misamu

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