CelebrityHANDED DOWN: SONIA RYKIEL
Daughter of esteemed French fashion designer Sonia Rykiel, Nathalie Rykiel has undeniably earned her place in the fashion game since becoming Managing Director and Artistic Director of “Sonia Rykiel” in 1995. A style icon in her own right, Nathalie emanates the kind of unique charisma you’d expect to stumble upon in Paris’ progressive yet effortlessly classic sphere of fashion.
Nathalie Rykiel has always maintained that Sonia Rykiel, the label, is – and always will be – a family affair. Her iconic designer mother changed the way women dress back in 1968 with her visionary take on knitwear (and the list goes on!) and her daughter, Lola now heads up the PR for the business in New York – suffice to say they’re a talented bunch, and we can see the family’s legacy living on, way into the future. After all, it’s not just the impeccable clothing and process behind its manufacturing that, alone, sets the wheels of success in motion, but it’s the eternal cog; the legs of the brand – its core values, good marketing, a strong customer focus, creative vision and steadfast passion – that brings it all together. And what better way to earn such monumental success than by taking cue from one of the fashion greats, your own mother and grandmother?!
Nathalie Rykiel has undeniably earned her place in the fashion game…
Nathalie is now vice-president of Sonia Rykiel and, just like her mother, her dossier of achievements as creative director has far surpassed anything we’d have thought possible for one person. As it stands, Nathalie has conceptualised a second line of ready-to-wear clothes, Sonia by Sonia Rykiel, as well as a selection of Rykiel perfumes, the label’s debut lingerie collection, various collaborations with with popular high street names and much, much more.
Whether Nathalie’s connection to her mother kindled a talent for fashion design and business-savvy mind or not, there’s no question of who she admires most in life and that is Sonia Rykiel. She has made no secret of the allure that Parisian women exude and just what it takes to possess it. “The French woman is not afraid of being different from the others”, she says. And as a woman of the Left Bank, her city is a place that endlessly inspires her.
The French woman is not afraid of being different from the others…
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