Sonia Rykiel’s Warm, Fuzzy Sweater Project

The yearlong celebration of Sonia Rykiel’s 50th anniversary continues with another special project: Generous Sweaters.
Creative director Julie de Libran thought that a capsule collection of sweaters with charitable causes was apropos to celebrate the queen of knits’ golden anniversary. De Libran enlisted a group of international, influential women to design a limited-edition sweater, the proceeds of which will go to a charity of their choosing. The group includes actresses Kirsten Dunst, Sofia Boutella and Kristin Scott Thomas; architect Kazuyo Sejima; model and activist Liya Kebede; artist Langley Fox and ballet dancer and artistic director of the Korean National Ballet Sue-Jin Kang. The charities include La Maison des Femmes, Planned Parenthood, Ving, Hope & Home for Children, Le Refuge, Lemlem Foundation, Okaeri-Gohan Shokun and the Children’s Hospital of Seoul National University.
“These extraordinary women have been much involved in the creative process, each talent has given her precious time to this charity-driven sweater capsule,” said de Libran. “I’m thankful they jumped into this initiative, focusing on charities helping women around the globe. It means a lot in 2018.”
The global launch of the capsule for Sonia Rykiel stores is Nov. 5. In the U.S., 10 Corso Como in New York will carry the collection

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Is Alexander McQueen Bringing Pretty Back? The Case for Fuzzy Waves and Flushed Cheeks

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In a world where extreme gestures and supercharged imagery have become the mainstream norm on social media, it suddenly feels like there’s a subversive shock value to the idea of pretty by comparison. It’s a lesson that Sarah Burton may have been reflecting on leading up to tonight’s Alexander McQueen show, where her more sensual, romantic vision of beauty for the runway looked almost provocative.

“There’s a bohemian elegance, a radiant rawness,” said makeup artist Lucia Pieroni, who was conjuring flushed cheeks and glowing skin using a Clé de Peau Beauté cream blush and MAC Strobe Cream as a highlighter. “It’s that warm pink you get from walking, the slight ruddiness of the cheek,” she said. “You don’t look like you’re wearing makeup; you just look amazing.”

 



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Photo: Courtesy of Guido Palau / @guidopalau

After several seasons of constructing conceptual headpieces for the fashion house, Guido Palau was also reflecting on something more “touchable, womanly, real.” He and Burton had been looking at pictures of slept-in hair in anticipation of the show. To re-create those same off-beat imperfections for the runway, he was blasting the hair with Redken Windblown spray and then gathering it into romantic spirals using an actual needle and invisible thread. “You know when you’re sewing something on a machine and then you pull the thread and the whole thing ruches? That’s what we’re doing to the hair,” he explained. If the process echoed the last-minute stitching and embroidery that had been taking place a few hours earlier on designer Burton’s exquisite leather dresses out front, it was no coincidence. “Sarah liked the idea of something homespun,” he said.

Off the runway and in real life, of course, it all distills to something quite easy—a wash of cream blush and half-back hair with a bit of fuzzy, flyaway texture. As for that hair-weaving technique, Palau said it can be translated into an evening gesture by simply tying the hair back with a piece of glittering gold filament. Perfect for evening, he said with a twinkle, “or—who knows?—even your wedding.”

 



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Photo: Courtesy of Alexander McQueen / @mcqueenworld

 

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