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Paris Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2008: Sonia Rykiel


I must confess to having a particular soft spot for French designer Sonia Rykiel. Her designs are always so young, interesting and fun without being completely unwearable, this season is no exception. Paris Fashion Week came to a close yesterday marking the end of the major Autumn/Winter catwalk shows but I couldn't let it pass without showing you Rykiel's designs.

Much of the collection took inspiration from London's Pearly Kings and Queens, modernised with a shot of colour. These dresses were adorned with bright coloured buttons with sparkly round glasses to match. Later in the collection this was developed as bright applique was used to create pictures on shift dresses including what appeared to be an image of Chrissy Hynde! The possible image of Hynde nodded to the punk era and vintage styling.
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Items drawing on a bright colour palette were teamed with super-high bright wedges and clashing socks. There were a few funky jumper dresses with colour-bleeding detail which continues this seasons Boho-Tech trend. They were cheery and provide the perfect way to brighten up a winter's day teamed with opaque tights and funky headwear.

Paris Fashion week favourite Irina Lazareanu appeared on the catwalk in an all in one shirt and dress playing with a bowler hat. She was wearing the colour purple which ran throughout the collection most notably on a funky loose bow tie. Tailored pieces in the line played with proportion using pockets and wide sleeves.

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