“Queen of Knitwear” Designer Sonia Rykiel Is Dead

by | February 7, 2017

The French fashion designer Sonia Rykiel is dead. The designer died at the age of 86. Rykiel was famous with its fine knitwear – while she could even not knit.

“Only the bearer brings clothes to life, she can move with her.”

She was one of the most influential women in the world of fashion: Sonia Rykiel. Now is the “Queen of the rope” – who missed the title of her “women’s wear daily” 1970 – at the age of 86 in Paris died, her family announced.

Sexual fashion revolution
Rykiel suffered from for over 15 years on Parkinson’s disease. “I want to show my pain. I hesitated, I was trying to remain invisible and pretending as if nothing happened. That’s impossible, not me,”the designer wrote in her autobiography”‘N ‘oubliez pas que je joue’ “(don’t forget that it’s a game) about the disease.

“The Rykiel woman is intelligent and like every other woman, she has problems. She hates getting old, she hates, broken hair and she hates it, not to be able to go when she is tired. “

Sonia Rykiel

The Petite little woman influenced the fashion with the flaming red shag hair until today. With its unpretentious knitwear made Sonia Rykiel more comfortable at the end of the 60s the lives of women in the truest sense of the word and freed them from constraints. Rykiel: “my sweater were very small and tight, a little Femme fatale so that it looked different a little andrgyn and boyish, provocative and sexually liberating.” Trends, Rykiel is never churned, she pursued the démodé– concept, timeless pieces that season after season to improve and never go out of fashion.

The self-taught
Rykiel has never studied design, came rather, well, out of boredom to the fashion (“I could never imagine to work. We in the family women not working”). Her first husband Samuel ran the fashion boutique “Laura” in Paris. There she found the offered sweater pretty boring. “I thought, a make-over could even use these sweaters,” Rykiel once recalled in an interview with “Purple”. “I asked our Italian producers, whether they could produce not tighter, smaller sweaters instead of so wide.” Henceforth they sold under her name.

Their first own boutique opened on May 25, 1968, on the Rue de Grenelle in Paris and completed them already temporarily after a day because of the Paris student riots. A month later, she opened again and founded the fashion company that bears her name in the same year. Celebrity fans of the first hour: Audrey Hepburn and Brigitte Bardot. Also for H & M, she designed collections in 2009 and 2010. By the way, the daughter of a Russian woman and a Romanian wrote books, of which nine were released (Rykiel had four sisters).

The retreat
The main features of their designs: colorful striped strips, embassies woven into, hose-like Undershirts. “I wanted to do more fashion for me,” Rykiel revealed the secret of her success in an earlier interview. Macabre: Sonia Rykiel could itself do not knit, as she confessed the “Interview” magazines 2008 . “But I knew exactly what I wanted”, so Rykiel.

2007 Sonia Rykiel withdrew officially from the Designgeschäft. Since then, her daughter Nathalie runs the company (Rykiel had also a son, the composer). Allegedly, Sonia should have awoken anyway until the last minute over each stitch.

“I would recommend every woman: take one, two, three, six hours time… one night, two nights… a day, two days or a month and look at himself in the mirror.” You find out exactly what is beautiful to you and what what you want to show ugly, by themselves and what not. Do this until you know for sure.”

 

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