The Los Angeles Times declared in 1967, “Couture is not enough. You need a Rykiel.” Sonia Rykiel’s debut 1968 collection, seen here in recovered snaps from the house’s archive, established the codes of her left bank maison: stripes, slim-fitting knits, leopard spots, and a revolutionary spirit.
In her 1977 spring collection, Sonia Rykiel’s collection said it like she meant it—”mode.” Rykiel was singlehandedly changing the way women in France got dressed. After “mode,” knits declaring “champion” dropped in 1982, “artist” in 1983, and “romance” in 1988.
And for Spring 1988, Rykiel sent out a hooded knit on a smiling model, declaring “Boheme.” Unlike many of the runway shows today, the women who walk in the Sonia Rykiel shows are always bright and happy, and something that creative director Julie de Libran does to this day.