Sonia Rykiel was a truly inspirational self taught Parisian designer, recognisable by her trademark orange hair.
She starting designing back in the 1960’s because she says “I wanted to wear clothes that would make me stand out from the crowd’. She then went onto to open her first shop on the Left Bank in 1968. Known as the Queen of knitwear, with her trademarks being the coloured striped jersey’s and infamous “poor boy” sweaters. She was unconcerned by trends but rather focused on creating elegant and sensual ready to wear garments that epitomized the Left -Bank Parisienne. She continued to design until 2007 when already suffering from Parkinson’s she handed over the reins to her daughter.
Her manifesto urged “women to be eccentric, seductive, mysterious, and to create their own style”. A woman after my own heart.