Iconic Parisian designer Sonia Rykiel has died in the early hours of the today’s morning from the effects of Parkinson, a disease that she has been confronting over a long period of time. The announcement was made by her daughter Nathalie Rykiel, who’s the managing and artistic director of her mum’s eponymous label.
Rykiel opened her first store on Paris’ Left Bank in 1968, right at the start of the ready-to-wear revolution that took over Paris in the ‘70s. She coined the term ‘Démode’ to describe her design philosophy –a contraction of deconstruction and fashion–, which expressed the need of making garments for women who wanted total freedom of movement. Her most attributable designs are black knit dresses and sweaters with bold, colorful stripes. Rykiel also rejected linings and embraced inside-out stitching and exposed hems, while also defending that the sweater should be worn against the naked skin.
In 2009, the designer was chosen to draft a collection for H&M’s yearly designer collaboration. For the upcoming fall season, she developed a range of colorful cosmetics in partnership with perfumes and cosmetics house Lancôme.