Condolences: Sonia Rykiel Has Died

FRENCH designer Sonia Rykiel has died, her daughter Nathalie confirmed today. The enigmatic designer, famous for her colourful knitwear designs, was 86. In 2012, she revealed that she has been suffering from Parkinson’s disease for 15 years.

Born in Paris on May 25, 1930, Rykiel became an established name on the Paris fashion scene when her eponymous first store opened in 1968 on Paris’s Left Bank. Her early clients included Brigitte Bardot, Catherine Deneuve and Audrey Hepburn. In 2009, she was awarded The Order of Légion d’Honneur in recognition of her 40 years of service in the French fashion industry.

Although she no longer designed collections for the house, Rykiel – who had two children with her ex-husband (Sam Rykiel) Jean-Phillipe and Nathalie – still remained closely tied to her eponymous label serving as honorary president. Julie de Libran currently heads up the ready-to-wear label which shows on the Paris Fashion Week schedule.

This story will be updated as further details are confirmed.
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Source: Vogue

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