French fashion designer Sonia Rykiel died yesterday at the age of 86 after struggling with Parkinson’s disease for 20 years.
Rykiel was considered an influential designer ever since opening her first ready-to-wear store in 1968, attracting celebrities such as Audrey Hepburn, Brigitte Bardot and Françoise Hardy. Her designs are known for the consistent use of Breton stripes, outstanding knitwear techniques and vibrant colours.
Although she resigned as Creative Director of her brand in 1995, she always stayed close to it, allowing her daughter Natalie- who took over after Rykiel- to maintain the essence that had made her mother renowned within the fashion industry.
— François Hollande (@fhollande) August 25, 2016
French President Francois Hollande tweeted “Sonia Rykiel was a free woman, a pioneer. His style will remain the symbol of the alliance between color and natural, smooth and light.”.
Her absence has left a void in fashion. Take a look at some of our favourite looks by the designer.