The iconic designer was immortalised in 2018
With her unmistakable hairstyle, Sonia Rykiel was a legend in France, an iconic fashion designer whose name was synonymous with knits, sequins and elongated silhouettes.
Through her demodé philosophy, she contributed to the movement for women’s emancipation and promoted the emergence of an elegant and independent femme moderne.
“She was the most Parisian of Parisian women,” said Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris, in her homage to the celebrated creator who passed away in 2016 at the age of 86.
On the 50th anniversary of her fashion label last September, and in the presence of her daughter Nathalie, Paris inaugurated an alleyway on boulevard Raspail in her name.
The inauguration, fittingly, was followed by the brand’s Spring/ Summer 2019 catwalk at Paris Fashion Week.
So why this particular alleyway, we hear you ask? Well, this is “where it all started for her”, as Mayor Hidalgo explained. And, she added, this busy stretch in the beating heart of the Rive Gauche “symbolises Paris, with its market and the noise of the métro  next door”.
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From France Today magazine