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Sonia Rykiel Has Passed at 86

She became known world wide as the “queen of knitwear”. Sonia Rykiel, the French influential fashion designer has passed away at age 86.

She liberated the working women from  stuffy suits to relaxed sweaters and motifs, usually donned with color and stripes.

President François Hollande’s said she was “a pioneer” who “offered women freedom of movement” in a released statement earlier this week,

Sonia had also written several novels and will always be known and remembered as a fashion icon whose bright orange hair was unique for its time, as was she.