Sonia Rykiel — Iconic Fashion Designer Dies At 86

It breaks our hearts to say that iconic French fashion designer, Sonia Rykiel, died in Paris on Aug. 25, after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. Her designs will go down in history, as will her funky sweaters which were a staple of the fashion house. We are so saddened by the news of her death -- are you?

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The death of fashion designer, Sonia Rykiel, was confirmed to our sister site, WWD, by, Jean Marc Loubier, president and CEO of First Heritage Brands, the holding company for Sonia Rykiel and Delvaux.

Even though Sonia passed down the role of head creative designer years ago, her vision and passion was still evident in all of the past and present collections. Julie de Libran, is the current creative director of the brand, and her past experience with high fashion brands include, Louis Vuitton and Miu Miu.

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The fashion house was full of fun and quirky designs, thanks to Sonia’s fiery red hair and sassy personality. She was never afraid to play with patterns, prints, and designs, which is why she is so iconic and will always remain a trendsetter in the fashion history books. Sonia was literally nicknamed, ‘The Queen Of Knitwear.’

The New York Times said it perfectly, “In a fashion world often seen as a fantasyland of beautiful people and expensive, impractical clothing, she had always been a rebel. Her career spanned nearly a half-century, and while she made clothes for a broad clientele of working and professional women, singles and mothers, including socialites and chief executives, she was after the woman who wanted value and style.”

We aren’t the only ones who are saddened over the tragic news. Twitter is going insane with fans and admirers everywhere, expressing their thoughts on the designer.

What do you guys think of this terrible news — are you as upset as we are?

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