Rykiel’s impact in fashion was enormous. When she landed in Paris in the 1960s, she ushered in an aesthetic that embraced femininity, strength and comfort. She embraced the working-woman image long before others and outfitted her in easy knitwear that flattered the body and hugged curves. She played with prints and words on her pieces. Rykiel’s shoes were as instantly recognizable as her knitwear for using color and keeping shapes interesting.
Rykiel’s peers have taken to social media today to remember the red-headed, spirited force in fashion.