I did it. I bought a pair of fashion jeans from Sonia Rykiel. And I wore them to the fashion shows in Paris, not once, but twice. And you know what? They worked! I mean, they not only got me through the big week, they also got the attention of photographer Adam Katz Sinding of the popular street style blog that “is NOT a street style blog” called Le 21ème. Huge honor for this NOT-a-street-style-editor (moi), I gotta say.

_AKS0818SHOW ME, SHOW ME, SHOW ME Chanel-bound in Sonia Rykiel’s high rise flares; go to net-a-porter.com.

I confess, I was, until these SR high rise flares, skeptical of jeans made by prêt-à-porter designers. What do they know about denim, really? Sure, their styles look great. But can those styles retrofit one’s proportional imperfections the way pairs from The Masters of L.A. can? Do they rebound, recover, and reboot like those jeans do, too? I wasn’t so sure. And for almost $700, I wasn’t so willing to find out, either. But… Fashion Week. Paris. The Chanel show (which is where I was headed to with a smile from ear to ear when Adam snapped the pics above). These things require dressing up. And Sonia Rykiel’s jeans with an exposed button fly, very high rise, and flared, frayed hem were, for me, like the party dress of denim. So, I splurged. And you know what? I am glad I did. Because not only do I love the way they fit, but I love the heaviness of their denim (it’s really thick, but also really stretchy) and their subtle, all-over wash (a slow fade with no abrupt whiskering). I wore these jeans to the travel-themed Chanel show at the Grand Palais, and to the unforgettable women-carrying-women Rick Owens show at the Palais de Tokyo, too (see below). These were wonderful and memorable moments for me, and because the Sonia Rykiels are so stylish and right-on, I now have pictures to remember them by. Thank you, Adam, for making this denimhead’s day.

Jane Bishop


Street style photographs courtesy of Adam Katz Sinding of Le 21ème.