French artist Niki de Saint Phalle provided the inspiration for Julie de Libran’s new collection for Sonia Rykiel, and particularly her ‘Nanas’, which are slightly grotesque giant sculptures of women made out of hyper-colourful plaster. It was the bold colours of the ‘Nanas’ that de Libran added to the edges of double-breasted coats and the seams of raw linen dresses, or referenced in the hand knits by fraying the wool as though they were unfinished, or else in the multi-coloured prints reminiscent of the ceramics. In general, the collection was full of embellishments, to which the designer added a folk and a sailor touch, alongside oversize shapes and airy lines that confirmed the brand’s anti-conventional, free femininity.