Lancome + Sonia Rykiel
Fashion collaborations in the beauty world are nothing new. But this season, Lancome is offering one of the most interesting of the year thanks to a partnership with French fashion brand Sonia Rykiel. What makes the project so interesting is both Rykiel and Lancome are quintessentially French brands, expressing an effortless French chic to a new generation.
Sonia Rykiel Fall 2016
Sonia founded her eponymous fashion label in 1968 in the Paris district of Saint-Germain-des-Prés. The collections are designed today by Julie de Libran who took over creative direction of Rykiel in 2014 following work at Louis Vuitton, Prada, and Marc Jacobs. She chose the stripe as the signature accent for her collections and reworked the carefree silhouettes of the 60s for a modern customer. You’ll always find a nod to vintage design in her creations. “I want to make things which are real to women of today,” she says.
The Project: a collaboration with beloved French fashion designer Sonia Rykiel
The designer: Sonia Rykiel launched her first store in 1968 on Paris’ Left Bank. Audrey Hepburn, Brigitte Bardot and Catherine Deneuve became early fans. She started in knitwear but now oversees a complete lifestyle brand. She has over 1,000 stores worldwide. In 2009, she was awarded France’s prestigious Order of Legion d’Honneur in recognition of her 40 years of service in the French fashion industry.
The quote: “It’s not true that clothes look better on skinny girls; what counts is the attitude.” – Sonia Rykiel
Sonia Rykiel designer Julie de Libran
The collaboration: Rykiel’s Julie de Libran partnered with Lancome to create the brand’s fall 2016 colour collection.
Star products: A pair of chic eyeshadow palettes. Palette Parisian Free Spirit is grounded in crisp shades of blue, navy and accents of champagne and ivory. Palette Rive Gauche contains rich purple & deeper neutral shades. Both are wrapped in signature Rykiel imagery: whimsical illustrations or stripes.
Inspiration: “Dreaming while reading French literature, Sonia imagines this intellectual Left Bank Café painted with sixties-inspired shades, modernized with pop art doodles and arty illustrations.”
The artist: French artist André was commissioned to design the whimsical illustrations for the packaging – signs of cafe culture in Paris. There are coffee cups, hearts, pencils and notebooks for sketching and doodling.
Lancome’s International Makeup Artist worked with Julie to select the perfect colour harmonies for each palette.
Palette Parisian Free Spirit Eye Palette
“Rose and prune half-tones make up this first palette,” says Eldridge
Palette Saint-Germain Eye Palette
“While shaded bleu nuit, gris and khaki make up the Saint-Germain palette.
The Giveaway: I’m gave away both Lancome palettes to one lucky reader. To enter this giveaway, I invited readers to tell me in a blog post comment below which of the two palettes is their favourite. Danielle L from Chicago told us and we drew her name at random. Congrats Danielle!
Lancome and the Sonia Rykiel x Lancome collection is available at select Hudson’s Bay stores and thebay.com