Sonia Rykiel, a beloved French designer synonymous with striped sweaters and Left Bank insouciance, died Thursday in Paris after years living with Parkinson’s disease and osteoporosis. She was 86.
Jean-Marc Loubier, president and chief executive of First Heritage Brands, the holding company for Sonia Rykiel and Delvaux, confirmed her death to WWD.
He called her a fashion “pioneer” who considered her designs aids to liberate and empower women as they gained fuller participation in society.
A sign of her zesty personality, she did not consider pants a way for women to be equal with men but to afford equality to women who...