In the midst of the giant horse heads and fireworks at the launch extravaganza in Paris, it was hard to get an intimate look at the items in Sonia Rykiel's H&M collection. Don't fret — here's the first round of goods for you. In stores this Saturday, Dec. 5, Rykiel's Parisian chic is translated into retro bras, undies, garters, robes, and jams. This black and blue bra and the black sheer robe would serve as daring innerwear-as-outerwear pieces. Oh, Santa baby.
Sonia Rykiel welcomed over 2,000 guests to the Grand Palais in Paris to celebrate the launch of her H&M collaboration. Guests including Kate Bosworth, Jean Paul Gaultier, Eva Herzigova, Lily Cole, and Loulou de la Falaise were seated under an Eiffel Tower replica and given a carnival-like preview of Sonia Rykiel for H&M lingerie (available this Saturday) and knitwear (in stores next February). Click the gallery below for Sonia Rykiel-clad models swinging from a ferris wheel and dancing on parade floats.
Paris 12/01/09. Getty
Though I had a lovely date last night, I wouldn't have minded being at Le Grand Palais in Paris for the Sonia Rykiel For H&M fashion show and festivities. Sure, I watched it go down on the web, but imagine how much more magical it was in person! Kate Bosworth said it best: "It's crazy here. It’s like a carnival." Parisian socials, actresses, designers, and fans all gathered for a night of chic madness. Rykiel, Eva Herzigova, Jean Paul Gaultier, and Nadja Auermann looked on as lingerie-clad models came down the catwalk riding bicycles, swinging on chandeliers, and seducing on silky beds. Enter to experience the Parisian magic.
>> Last night, shortly before the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show aired on television, another mass retailer was holding its own lingerie fashion show — live — in Paris. Jean Paul Gaultier, Nadja Auermann, Ellen von Unwerth, Eva Herzigova, and Marie-Ange Casta (younger sister of Laetitia) gathered at the Grand Palais last night for the Sonia Rykiel for H&M launch party, complete with an eleven-story high Eiffel Towel replica and models dancing, swinging, and even biking on the extravagant parade floats that puttered down the runway in front of the 2,000-odd guests. Surveying the extravaganza — which included fireworks set off inside — Haider Ackermann put it best: "So much for a crisis.”
The lingerie portion of the collection is in stores this Saturday, Dec. 5, and the parade provided the first glimpse of the knitwear portion, out Feb. 20.
Here's what she's wearing:
- Sonia Rykiel Striped Heart Pocket Tee ($92)
- Actual shorts are Madewell, here's a similar version by Forever 21: H81 Wear and Tear Bermuda Shorts ($20)
- Apt. 9® Opaque Microfiber Control-Top Tights ($7, originally $10)
- Bronx Cur Lee Q Boots ($168)
- Toy Watch Plasteramic Chronograph Bracelet ($195)
Stay tuned for rundowns of all the Sugar girls' new Fall outfits!
The Sonia Rykiel for H&M lingerie collection—launching this Saturday in H&M stores and Sonia Rykiel boutiques worldwide—includes what Rykiel calls "Hollywood homewear" pieces (such as a one-shouldered floor length gown) that double as eveningwear. Matching hair accessories and slippers will also be part of the collection with prices ranging from $30 for lingerie items to $115 for loungewear.
Cocktail attire doesn't have to mean cocktail dress, and this season we're taking inspiration from menswear trends when dressing for the evening hours. Picture the above jackets and vests with skinny tuxedo trousers—like Stella McCartney's lace-trimmed stretch pants or Preen Line's PVC leggings—and a heavy heel or bootie for an I'm-with-the-boys party look.
It's time to shine in fall's glamorous sequined separates. Metallic tuxedo jackets, tunics and tee shirts look effortlessly chic when thrown over a favorite pair of jeans or leggings. Brilliant accessories like the Topshop scarf and Fendi chain strap handbag are great alternatives to head-to-toe sparkle.
Cirque du Soleil turns 25 years old this year — a quarter of a century of amazing acrobatics, over-the-top costumes, and praise-worthy showmanship. If you've ever been to one of Cirque's shows, you know it's all about the theatrics. Lots and lots of it! Colorful stripes, silly polka dots, top hats, sequins, feathers, bow ties, and ballet slippers are all part of the freaky fun. For makeup ideas, check out Bella's 21 hair and makeup looks you WON'T be wearing come Spring. And unlike everyday life, you can pile on all these things on Oct. 31; the more, the freakier.
From the runways onto department and drugstore shelves, I'm sure we'll see lots of fresh new makeup options and application techniques go full circle come March. Last month in New York, we saw six very wearable trends emerge, from peach lips to bold eyeliner to heavy-handed under-the-eye liners. But throughout the course of New York Fashion Week and other Spring 2010 shows, including Paris, London, and Milan, there were other looks that won't quite make the transition. Take this sequin forehead heart-shaped applique, for instance — straight from the Ungaro show in Paris, for which Lindsay Lohan acted as artistic adviser. While I appreciate each and every designer's artistic flair, some looks just won't translate to real life. See what I mean now.