SONIA RYKIEL: LONG LIVE THE QUEEN OF KNITS / by Britt Howard

Sonia Rykiel (1930–2016)

Sonia Rykiel (1930–2016)

Sadden by the loss of legendary fashion designer, Sonia Rykiel. She redefined the way we think about women's fashion and spoke out about the realities of being a working mother. Her vision, style, and grace live on. Thank you, Sonia! HERE'S a link to her NYT obit. xo

Sexy and comfy knits, Vogue (1977) photo by Helmut Newton

Sexy and comfy knits, Vogue (1977) photo by Helmut Newton

“We are working women. Also, we have the problem of children, of men, to take care of our houses, so many things. I try to explain that in my clothes. They are clothes for everyday life.” 

A Rykiel look from spring 1977 photo by Jean-Luce Hure

A Rykiel look from spring 1977 photo by Jean-Luce Hure

“I think creativity is inside you, If you have something to tell, you expose it. I never went to any design school. I was so strong in my thinking and my way of seeing fashion, I knew exactly what I wanted. I said to myself, ‘I have no limits.'"

A classic Sonia Rykiel runway scene—always a party! Photo by Victor Virgile (NYT) 

A classic Sonia Rykiel runway scene—always a party! Photo by Victor Virgile (NYT)