Sonia Rykiel, Pioneering French Fashion Designer, Dies at 86

August 25, 2016 10:08 AM

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Sonia Rykiel, Pioneering French Fashion Designer, Dies at 86

PARIS — French designer Sonia Rykiel, whose relaxed striped sweaters helped liberate women from their stuffy suits and who went on to run a global fashion empire, has died. She was 86.

President Francois Hollande's office announced her death in a statement on Thursday. Hollande praised her as "a pioneer" who "offered women freedom of movement."

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