Sonia Rykiel is paying a touching tribute to its founder with a new capsule collection that celebrates the best-known aesthetic touches of Rykiel, who past away in the summer of 2016.
Titled “Rykiel Forever,” the collection is based on archival designs that artistic director Julie de Libran has reworked. The knitwear features nod to the history of the house with trompe l’oeil details, the Rive Gauche boutique address, and stripes. Of course, a variation on the “poor boy” sweater—Rykiel’s best-known design, and the one that launched her career—has been recreated.
“I was so touched by the charm and grace of this extraordinary woman who truly defines what it means to be an icon,” said de Libran in a statement. “She’s a legend of fashion, yes, but her influence reached so far beyond those realms, challenging the status quo and empowering women to embrace their freedom of spirit, intellect, sensuality, friendships and individuality, all with a lightness of touch and humor. That started with the clothes but had cultural ramifications so far beyond, that still remain relevant and are particularly relevant to women today.”