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Remembering Sonia Rykiel’s Bold, Eccentric Personal Style

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With her signature flame red hair and comfortable yet bold ensembles, Sonia Rykiel was always the best advertisement for her eponymous brand. In honor of the late fashion designer, who passed away this morning at age 86 after a long struggle with Parkinson’s disease, here is an homage to her original aesthetic and love of layers and layers of fur.

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Polka-dotted at the Best Awards Gala at the Rainbow Room in New York, 1981.
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At Paris Fashion Week in 1984.
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Piling on the tassels at the Plaza Hotel in New York, 1988.
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Piling on the accessories at a party against AIDS in Paris, 1989.
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Trying out cheetah with actress Bernadette Lafont at the premiere of the play “Mortadela” in 1992.
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Matching her daughter Nathalie at the Paris couture shows, 1991.
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Taking cover in her favorite material at a Cartier Foundation party in Paris, 1992.
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Backstage with her best accessory, Yves Saint Laurent, at his spring 1993 show at Paris Fashion Week.
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Blending in with her background at the opening of “Sonia Rykiel: 25 Years of Creation” in Paris, 1993.
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Covered head to toe to back in fur to be honored at the Fashion Group International Night of Stars at Cipriani, 2001.
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Testing out color with Hermès’ Jean Louis Dumas to celebrate Jean Paul Gaultier’s Legion of Honor in Paris, 2001.
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With her daughter Nathalie at the Fashion Group International Awards in 2001.
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Becoming one with the fur at her store opening in London in 2002.
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Adding a furry addition to her own mane at a premiere in Paris, 2002.
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In platforms with her daughter Nathalie at her spring 2007 show at Paris Fashion Week.
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Adding some color with a male model at her spring 2007 show at Paris Fashion Week.
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Making her rounds at the 2009 Jean Paul Gaultier couture show in Paris, 2009.
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Staying warm at her fall 2011 show at Paris Fashion Week.
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And staying cool at her spring 2011 show at Paris Fashion Week.