Sonia Rolland to Front Guerlain

FACE FORWARD: Guerlain has appointed former Miss France Sonia Rolland as the newest face for the brand’s makeup and fragrance.
The actor, director and producer has, since 2001 with her mother, founded and run the Maïsha Africa association, with brings material, social and psychological help to African children, particularly in Rwanda, through educational and health programs.
Social solidarity is part of Guerlain’s four pillars of sustainable engagement, which also include biodiversity, climate and eco-conception.
For the past 12 years, the LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton-owned brand has focused on sustainability. Next year, all of Guerlain’s products will be eco-conceived, and in 2028, it aims for a neutral carbon footprint.

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EXCLUSIVE: Sonia Rykiel Splits With Julie de Libran, Seeks New Investor

PARIS – Creative director Julie de Libran has left Sonia Rykiel, as the French fashion house known for its striped knits looks for a new investor, WWD has learned.
“The house confirms the departure of Julie de Libran,” a spokesman for Rykiel said on Thursday, adding that the label’s management was mulling over the organization of the design studio. “The house is not for sale. It is looking for a partner to enter its capital in order to increase its development,” the spokesman added.
De Libran, who joined Rykiel in 2014, showed her last collection for the label in a showroom presentation during Paris Fashion Week, having skipped the runway this season after a banner 50th anniversary year that culminated in an outdoor fashion show last September on the newly christened Allée Sonia Rykiel in Paris.
Her departure comes amid steadily declining revenues at the loss-making house, whose founder died in 2016. In recent years, it has been hit hard by the successive impact of the Russian financial crisis, the slowdown in consumer spending in Asia and the impact of terrorist attacks on tourism to Paris and the rest of Europe.
One source estimated that revenues at Sonia Rykiel are down to between 20

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Sonia Rykiel Resort 2019

Julie de Libran is saying it with flowers for the cruise season. The designer’s collection for Sonia Rykiel revolved around a botanical theme, with floral prints lending her Seventies-tinged urban wardrobe a poetic charm.
The lineup played off her signature masculine-feminine contrasts. A pleated mini dress with an all-over lily of the valley print was toughened up with matching platform boots and a black leather donkey jacket, while appliqué leather blooms crept along the collar of a raw canvas sleeveless coat.
Men’s tailoring inspired a series of Glen plaid pieces such as a coat outlined in colorful piping details that recalled founder Sonia Rykiel’s penchant for turning clothes inside out. Outerwear reflected a utilitarian streak, with hybrid items such as a peacoat with red nylon puffer jacket sleeves.
De Libran worked the floral effects into the house’s signature knits, which included a blue openwork sweater embroidered with mimosas made of tiny yellow beads. Knitwear textures ran the gamut from a fluffy tweed-effect T-shirt dress to a preppy camel raincoat — perfect for channeling Ali MacGraw in “Love Story.”

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Sonia Rykiel to Present During Couture

The calendar changes keep coming. The latest addition to the July Paris couture schedule makes more sense than some of the other moves in recent years. As Sonia Rykiel celebrates its 50th year, the brand has been invited by National Fédération de la Couture et de la Mode to present a collection named “ L’Atelier” during next July couture week. The special collection will highlight the work of Julie de Libran, Sonia Rykiel’s current artistic director, as well as the house history of savoir-faire and strong women. The special presentation will take place at the École des Beaux-Arts, Paris on July 1 at 11 a.m.

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Justice Sonia Sotomayor Highlights the ‘Wonders’ of Reading in New Memoir for Kids: See the Cover!

In 2013, Justice Sonia Sotomayor — the first Latina to attain a position on the Supreme Court — published her poignant memoir, My Beloved World, in which she describes growing up in drug-infested housing projects, her diabetes diagnosis at age 7, and her father’s death not long thereafter.

Her story struck a chord with readers, and prompted the New York City native to think about finding a way to share her inspiring journey with a younger demographic.

The 63-year-old has written a middle school version of her memoir, The Beloved World of Sonia Sotomayor, and a children’s book, Turning Pages: My Life Story — both out in September — and she’s given PEOPLE and People en Español the exclusive first look at the covers of the English and Spanish versions of Turning Pages.

“When I began thinking about creating a middle school version of my adult book, My Beloved World, I realized that I wanted to create a book for younger children that was also more accessible to them,” she tells PEOPLE in a statement. “A picture book seemed the perfect way to approach a younger generation.”

Both books reflect back on the strong women who raised her — and the importance of reading. They’re scheduled to publish concurrently on Sept. 4.

“Turning Pages is dedicated to my abuelita Mercedes, my mother Celina and all the women who have inspired me,” Sotomayor also says. “The book highlights most of the important moments of my life and explains how words in poetry, books, comic books, newspapers, magazines, and documents have shaped my life.”

For Sotomayor, the illustrations in Turning Pages are just as important as the story itself. The Justice chose Lulu Delacre as illustrator because she felt connected to the Puerto Rican-born artist, who has a background that’s similar to Sotomayor’s own. When she saw Delacre’s work for the first time it “shone bright” for her, Sotomayor explained.

The justice hopes that the children who read Turning Pages will feel the same excitement that she has “always felt in reading and learning about the world and all its mysteries, surprises, and wonders,” according to the statement. 

In her memoir, Sotomayor also reveals just how much reading has influenced her life. Though it was the show Perry Mason that inspired her to become a judge, her first dream to become a detective was influenced by the Nancy Drew books, according to the New York Times review of her memoir. As a young girl, she realized that her mind worked just like Nancy’s.

“I was a keen observer and listener. I picked up on clues. I figured things out logically, and I enjoyed puzzles,” she writes in My Beloved World, according to the Times. “I loved the clear, focused feeling that came when I concentrated on solving a problem and everything else faded out.”

The English and Spanish versions of Turning Pages go on sale Sept. 4. 


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British Royal Amelia Windsor Sat Front Row at Sonia Rykiel

NOBLE AIMS: Actress Emma Greenwell and the British royal Amelia Windsor sat front row at Sonia Rykiel’s fall show.
Greenwell said she had just spent a month in Mexico “taking some me-time” after filming two seasons of the Showtime series “Shameless” in quick succession.
“Mexico was amazing,” the actress said. “I was traveling with my friend who is a designer, Lotte Selwood. She’s looking at sustainable fashion so we went out visiting factories and artisans.”
Greenwell played a British noblewoman opposite Chloé Sevigny in the 2016 period comedy “Love & Friendship.”
Cue Windsor, who had recently traveled to Milan Fashion Week to walk in Dolce & Gabbana’s fall show.
Another pedigreed “It” girl who walked in the Dolce show was seated nearby. Delilah Hamlin, daughter of the actors Harry Hamlin and Lisa Rinna, attended the show with her father and sister Amelia.
“I try to go with the flow,” Hamlin said of her nascent career, which has included modeling for Tommy Hilfiger and Sherri Hill. “I feel like modeling is really just what’s happening right now, but I also sing.”

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Yael Sonia Launches Collection of Sterling Silver Jewelry for Men

Yael Sonia is growing her men’s collection.
The jewelry designer is working with sterling silver, which is a first for her brand, and incorporating other materials including leather, cord and organic gems.
“For our men’s assortment, we found it important to also tap into a metal more accessible than gold, while still keeping it exclusive,” Sonia said. “Even though men are spending more on themselves and there is definitely a rise in demand for men’s jewelry, the amount of money they spend on jewelry is not the same as women.”
The collection, which retails from $ 325 to $ 1,150, includes architectural bracelets, cuff links and pendant ring necklaces. “I think people appreciate the dual wearability you get from a single piece,” Sonia told WWD.
Sonia, who launched the men’s line last year, said stud earrings have also resonated with the male consumer.
“There’s a lack of men’s earrings in the fine jewelry market and it seems there is an increasing demand for them as the perception of jewelry for men changes,” she said.
The line is sold at Odin, the Yael Sonia e-commerce site, and Swoonery, a jewelry e-commerce start-up. Sonia said she wants to keep distribution limited and focus on the one-on-one, personalization experience at her

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Brooklyn Beckham’s New Girlfriend, Sonia Ben Ammar, Is a Street Style Star In-The-Making

Brooklyn Beckham has a new girlfriend, and we predict she’ll be a major street style star in no time. Paris-based model Sonia Ben Ammar is stunning, with classic French girl style she displays in full via Instagram. We know the look is about casual basics, plenty of flats, and outfits that have perfect little details you only notice when giving them a thorough once-over, and it’s pretty much check, check, check for the lovely.

Sonia’s style holds true to the sartorial standard: she’s got a super collection of perfect skinny jeans and cozy sweaters that are basic enough, but manage to look effortless when styled together just so. Her accessory game mixes some jealousy-inducing bags with the quirky pieces any 16-year-old girl would like (four of her most recently posted pics show one of those stretchy, thin plastic chokers that first emerged in the ’90s).

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Stat-wise, she’s signed with Next Management and has also done some acting and singing. Her and Brooklyn’s relationship supposedly started when their families were vacationing at the same time in the Maldives, and they’ve moved on from “chaperoned” Paris trips to some Hollywood concert canoodling. For the latter she wore a ring-neck tee and carried a chain-strap orange bag. So cool.

Below, a glance at some of her best outfits to date.

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Yael Sonia Entering Men’s Jewelry Market

Yael Sonia has built a strong following for her architectural fine jewelry that’s handmade in São Paulo. Now the designer is entering men’s and putting a darker spin on her core aesthetic.
“I had a lot of clients ask me about men’s jewelry and I even made some pieces for male clients in Brazil, so I thought it was time,” said Sonia, who recently closed her Madison Avenue store to open a 1,400-square-foot showroom and design workshop in SoHo.
The men’s collection includes cuff links, rings, pendant necklaces, bracelets and stud earrings made from metal, black diamonds, Tahitian pearls, smoky quartz and onyx. The gold range will retail from $ 425 to $ 14,500 while the silver collection will be priced from $ 325 to $ 1,150.
According to Sonia, this launch also signifies a bigger push into wholesale. The men’s collection will be sold at Odin in late September and Sonia is currently meeting with retailers for the women’s line.
The designer will also add eight to 10 additional stockkeeping units for men’s next season and introduce leather into the assortment.
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