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Sonia Rykiel Womenswear A/W10

Rykiel shows you don't need plenty of colours to pop.

PhotographyMorgan O'Donovan

Sonia Rykiel may have upgraded from her normal intimate venue of her boutique but the joie de vivre of the models were still fully on show with models smiling gaily and high-fiving each other. With the recent collaboration with H&M where the "best of" Rykiel's trademarks were filtered down to the high street, it seemed like this collection was a conscious effort to move away from colourful stripes (though some forms of it did appear mid-way through the show) and concentrate on creating beautiful and luxurious knitwear pieces that had all of Rykiel's sense of playfulness.

The play started at the heads with giant pom poms headdresses in a range of neutral colours. The clothes hardly strayed from this neutral plaette of blush pink, navy blue, beige, cream, dove grey and khaki. Proportions were deliberately oversized to accentuate the volume of knits that could be cinched in with huge safety pins. Little twists such as sweater sleeves tied at the bust and hips as embellishment added shape. Coatigans, jumpsuits, easy dresses, mannish knitted jackets and loose trousers were the mainstay of the may cosy options for layering Rykiel-style, accessorised by sheepskin-lined clogs. Dressier options manifested as trompe l'oeil satin dresses with cut-outs of another dress on the front, again asserting Rykiel's playful spirit.

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