Sonia Rykiel Archive

Forever Rykiel

PARIS, France — Julie de Libran finished work on her spring collection in July, so the news of Sonia Rykiel’s death on August 25 required a re-conceptualisation not of the collection but of its presentation. Sonia’s shows were notable for their chatty Parisiennes gabbing their way down the catwalk, not like the frosty mannequins on other runways. De Libran couldn’t quite swing that groove (the fraught youngsters de nos jours don’t do catwalk …

Sonia Rykiel Dies at 86

PARIS, France — French fashion designer Sonia Rykiel has died at the age of 86, after suffering from Parkinson’s disease for nearly two decades. Rykiel stepped down from her role as CEO and artistic director of her eponymous brand in 1995 but remained close to the label, serving as honorary president until 2009 when she retired. She is survived by her two children, Jean-Philippe and …