“I have the feeling I’ve always done what I wanted throughout my life.” – Sonia Rykiel
Forever an icon. Enigmatic, ungraspable and modern were words on high rotation to describe designer Sonia Rykiel – the petit Parisian with a shock of red hair who “fell into design” in the early 60s. A recipient of France’s Légion d’Honneur who conceived the concept of left-bank chic, the ‘Queen of Knits’ taught us inspiration can be found anywhere, and dresses should be worn with seams exposed “because clothes that are inside out are as beautiful as a cathedral”. With news of Rykiel’s passing at age 86, we celebrate her legacy.