Wednesday, February 10, 2010


Nathalie Rykiel, daughter of  legendary designer Sonia Rykiel and mother of 24-year-old Lola, reveals her insights on love for Fashion Week Daily.

NATALIE: I remember my first lover. My mother hated him. He made me unhappy. I was extremely in love, and he was not the right guy. You don’t want to know that it’s not the right guy, but she knew as a mother.

FWD: Did you sneak out at night?
NATALIE: Oh, yes, of course. But I was a good child. I was not very naughty. I became much naughtier when I grew older.

FWD: Did Sonia try to give you any advice on men or dating?
NATALIE: No, she didn’t say much. I think the best example was to see her living her life as a woman. She would never sacrifice anything–whether it was her children or work–for a man, for a relationship. I think I’m pretty much the same, you know. When you have a strong love relationship, it’s central. It gives you strength to do all the rest. It gives you power when you are loved and when you love a man. You are invincible.

FWD: Coco Chanel used to say the opposite—that women in love are like slobbering dogs who lose their ambition. 
NATHALIE: I think when you’re in a relationship that is happy—when you love a man who loves you—you become the strongest woman in the world. When you are in a relationship that is unhappy, which means you love somebody that doesn’t love you, you become really stupid. You lose a lot of strength.

FWD: What’s your dating advice to women?
LOLA, Natalie’s daughter, interjects: I know what she’d say. “Call him!”
NATHALIE: Life is short and you might as well know if it’s going to work or not as quickly as possible so that you can find your integrity to meet someone else.

Photo: Zimbio

Three generations of style: Lola Burstein, Nathalie Rykiel, Sonia Rykiel

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