A scarf has to be the most beautiful thing ever invented to wear! It's a winding, a continuity, an infinity! I love things that are endless, I hate them to stop. It's like order and disorder: I rather love disorder and things that move, it's a state where one gets more things done!— Sonia Rykiel
The most vibrant Sonia Rykiel quotes that are glad to read
How can you live the high life if you do not wear the high heels?
Perfume follows you; it chases you and lingers behind you. It's a reference mark. Perfume makes silence talk.
You can create fashion everywhere in the world, but the place where you are crowned is Paris.
Perfume is like a parenthesis, a moment of freedom, peace, love and sensuality in between the disturbances of modern living.
Your body can be very female, which is something you can do nothing about, but then you can have the soul, the mind and the spirit of both male and female. The women friends I am closest to somehow have this masculine side to them, they shove their hands in their pockets when they walk: I love that side.
Being one step ahead of a fashion trend is not so important to me.
What matters is to always forge ahead.
The essence of seduction for me in a man, although it stems from his rough, almost rough-neck looks, still contains something of the woman: he must be seductive and intelligent.
The natures of men and women are very mixed and for me the most fascinating type of woman is the one who is a little masculine, has a little of the man in her, and the sort of man who is fabulous is the one who is a little woman too. It's impossible not to mix them!
I love chocolate. Black chocolate with marshmallow inside, caramel inside. If I could only have two foods, I'd take some fantastic chocolate. And some terrible chocolate. I love the Clark Bar.
Sometimes in the fashion industry we come across some unfair rules, but no one is obliged to follow them.
I love to leave, to be ready-for, to be on the run! That's my boyish side, it's the pant's me! Pants which allow for the attitudes, gestures and movements of a man but that are still female in taste and free enough so that I can slip my hands inside!
You have to be luxurious nude. It's difficult to move in the nude in front of a mirror. It's much easier to move when you're dressed. But if you can walk around in the nude easily in front of your man, if you can be luxurious in the nude, then you've really got it.
I hate the word feminine! I mean, there is a woman and a man and when I say "woman" it suggests all that is radiant, tender, fascinating, gentle, demoniac, exaggerated! Feminine makes me think of somebody who is spindly and over-sweet: I don't like that!
First I made a dress because I was pregnant and I wanted to be the most beautiful pregnant woman. Then I made a sweater because I wanted to have one that wasn't like anyone else's.
In my family, Fashion was something we never talked about, it was thought of as kind of superficial.
For me, luxury isn't just the real thing.
It's also fake. Swarovski crystals or real diamonds? It's a game. You have to be luxurious nude.
The key to my collections is sensuality.
I'm not at all interested in doing clothes for movies or stage, in stage dressing or costuming. Nor can I design lingerie, for I never wear any! At one time I used to wear a lot of lingerie but now I'm in a mood of total nudity!
I married a man who was in fashion. I began to work when my daughter Nathalie was about eight or 10 years old. Then one day I began to make a sweater, and eventually the sweater was on the front page of Elle magazine. And the day after I was the queen of knit in America.
It's useless to send models out on the runway to cry.
I am what I am. Before I was not so proud to make fashion. My family thought fashion wasn't very interesting. So I hid that.
I have to say that the identity of a fashion designer is international today.
It is a very important matter, as a woman, to juggle everything.
.. Your professional life, family, children etc.
With the exception of lingerie and theater I'm interested in everything to do with clothes and perfumes: everything which is an extension of woman.
I am like the lover of Roland Barthes "who's always running in his head".
I'm always searching, and "eating" everything from my life, in order to put it in my dresses!
At hotels, you are an actress. Absolutely. You can do what you want. Go where you want. I love my home too. But I love to arrive in a hotel. They have books, chocolate, food. I put things in the little refrigerator.
It doesn't matter one damn bit whether fashion is art or not.
You don't question whether an incredible chef is an artist or not-his cakes are delicious and that's all that matters.
I can't go any place without going to museums. It's very important for me.
I started by designing a sweater very close to the body, because I couldn't find any for myself.
You know, the more grown-up you are, the more you like Proust.
The fashion industry is a free world, with creative codes that can be hardly considered sometimes, but it's also up to women to create their own style, and own trend.
My parents never mentioned anything about fashion in our household, instead we used to talk about literature, theatre, and arts...this is why I have kept a real relation with the Art world, by putting books from the beginning in my shops' windows.
We are not saying that all women should be thin like these very thin and young girls. We are creating a show, with its artistic codes and rules, and we have to try not to mix up all the codes together.
I don't like women who are multiform, who wear many different shapes.
Women who retain a unique shape are usually unique people.
My clothes are put together out of different basic elements so that a woman can express the way she wants to look, transform, metamorphosize herself not as the woman I decided but as she herself wants to be.
I think that clothes should be a shelter like a house or a rug.
I think that there is that element of protection and a uniform can be just that.
The knitted jumper comes in different trends, colours, shapes, and is adaptable in various ways when wearing. But there are also different noticeable marks of Sonia Rykiel brand, like black stripes which are very recognisable too.
As a young girl I was a real tomboy, only listening to myself.
I carried on with this attitude even as a woman and when I first launched the Sonia Rykiel line, and said to women to remove their bras or when I designed sweaters with stitches inside out, everybody said to me that it was crazy and risky, but I ignored what they said and I did what I felt was right at the time.
After all these years of creating my collections, I still doubt my decision even until the last minute before the fashion show, I keep questioning myself and wondering if I did the right thing.
I will be working on the collection until the day before the show! It's an endless process, that's all that I can say at that stage.
For the collection, I am like a painter or a writer.
I may or may not be a character in my own story.
I can be negatively criticised, but this is actually a positive thing, especially if the critic is smart, and helpful. I am very attentive to critics, they let me go ahead and push myself harder to continue.
I always have a lot of vents and slits in the clothes I design, even inside the pockets so that I can slip my hands inside my clothes and touch my skin. I want to be able to feel my body naked inside my clothes.
In the same way, I can wake up with a very positive idea of what I want to do for my collection, and be completely desperate at night regarding the same thing. And I do a lot of other things too: Writing for me is almost as important as drawing my collection.
I was influenced by the hippie movement in San Francisco and by the feminist movement, which had arrived in Paris.
I am still taking care of the creation of the collection alongside my staff, and my daughter Nathalie Rykiel, is the artistic director of Sonia Rykiel, who takes care of a lot of things. We are very alike and also very close.
I was rather free, and I always did what I wanted to do, sometimes without listening to the people who warned me not to do this or that.
I have the feeling I've always done what I wanted throughout my life.
I think that there are so many women who understand nothing about clothes and they should try and understand themselves before they start putting on disguises: they should stand in front of the mirror for a day, two days or three, and find out what they have which is beautiful, interesting: what they should show: hair, neck, arms, or hands.