Remembering Sonia Rykiel: How the late designer is still relevant today
Rest in peace
Although Sonia Rykiel has not been a name on every fashion insider's lips in recent years, the French designer has left an indelible footprint in the industry and beyond. Fondly monikered the "Queen of Knitwear", Rykiel broke out of the '70s A-line hem and skirt-suit mould with her famous striped sweaters; which have now become a trademark for the label. Both Rykiel and her designs were a microcosm of female liberation, even if it was only on the level of stylistic self-expression.
As Rykiel passes at age 86 after suffering from Parkinson's disease for nearly two decades, we remember the designer's individuality, vision and spunk with five looks from her collections in the '90s — just before she handed the reigns to her daughter, Nathalie. With the essence of these designs still making their rounds in 2016, it's clear that the fashion world has just bid goodbye to a true visionary.
1. The logo jumper
A crowd-favourite today from Kenzo, Maison Kitsuné, Ami and more.
2. The matching sweats
Adopted by the streetwear crowd and celebrities at airports.
3. The oversized knit
Also a streetwear favourite, this season sees the nearly knee-length knit still going strong on Marc Jacobs and Fenty x Puma runways.
4. The dungarees
Beloved by Alexa Chung and Chung fans alike. Needless to say, they're still having a moment.
5. The undone jacket
A styling trick perpetuated by Vetements that's all the rage in the recent, here's solid proof to end the debate whether there've been other designers that did it first.