Beloved Sonia Rykiel dies at 86

When the streets of the Left Bank were thundering with the sound of stamping feet, there was one brave woman who made her own contribution to the revolution- well fitting sweaters.

Sonia Rykiel, the mischievous designer known for her trademark tangerine hair, started designing clothes to suit a generation of romantic rebels to whom the strict rules of the past no longer applied. Being a woman on the front line meant protesting for a future free from patriarchal dominance. The equality of sexes would finally be achieved! For Sonia, it meant a future free from any sort of restriction in which female clothing could become equally comfortable as looking chic.

For many years, she has been recognized as one of the most influential female fashion designers, an innovative woman whose forward-looking designs preempted contemporary fashion staples by decades. Through photographs in this post I tried to create a retrospective of some of her most known designs. She was a one-of-a-kind designer with a unique vision, aesthetics and style.

After struggling with Parkinson’s disease for many years, today she passed at her home in Paris at the age of 86. Sonia, you will be dearly missed!