To celebrate the 20th anniversary of her brand, some designers created special pieces inspired by her. This famous coat you see above, was designed by Margiela and it has been photographed by all trendy fashion magazines around the globe and I find it unique. Rykiel's hair is almost a trademark and this design is extremely literal and that's the #1 reason to loved it.
Part of the celebration is the launching of a coffee table book: "10 rules of style" in collaboration with elle magazine.
So here are some "rules" from her (also, some of them with a lil' comment from me):
1. know yourself
"what counts is how you look at yourself ~ what you should show and what you should hide. you have to spend time in front of a mirror. very few women pay attention to that."
100% true! Many people live their lifes thinking of what people would think about themselves.
2. use your head
"my style corresponds to the image i have of the left bank woman who pays attention to what's going on in the streets, in politics, in the world. clothing is also something that happens in your head."
Fashion's not the superficial thing many people thinks it is. Is something deeper than just looks, get inspiration from what's happening around the world and cares about it.
3. remember the power of black
"black is a magnificent color ~ it gives you an outline like a pencil stroke."
4. add a little sparkle
"i love accessories ~ bags, shoes, brooches, necklaces. i even like to have a crystal comb or a flower in my hair. if you're wearing a little black dress, a sparkling detail adds a simple and pretty touch."
5. have a fail-safe outfit
"it's important to have an outfit that always works for you ~ one that you know looks good when you are in a rush."
6. learn the art of packing
"i always travel with lots of long jackets, in black, brown, or navy blue, and matching trousers. then i mix and match the jackets and the trousers."
The mix and match is one hell of a key to success!
7. let your feet do the talking
"i love eccentric, quirky shoes with colors and very high heels that are gilded or extravagantly embellished with crystals. a pretty foot underlines a look. it's a way of defining a style."
Shoes are always a key piece in your look, for me. Shoes can reveal LOTS of things from a person.
8. dress for yourself
"of course fashion is important, but i think the way you live counts for more. a woman should be herself and dress according to who she is."
BE YOURSELF! Dress yourself! Act yourself! Everyone's unique, so BE unique! Don't go around copying people's things.
9. seduce with your style
"it's very natural to be sexy, to be seductive ~ it's a way of being. you can do much by paying careful attention to your clothes, by knowing a length or a certain color that suits you."
10. ignore other people's advice
"you shouldn't ask for other people's advice, and certainly not your partner's. it's useless. you need to know yourself ~ that's enough."
Everyone has a list of DOs and DON'Ts. Some of Sonia's are really clever. I think I might have a little crush on her.