The fashion industry has suffered a great loss today, with news that Sonia Rykiel has passed away following a long-term battle with Parkinson's Disease. The French fashion designer who stepped away from her eponymous brand in 1995, has remained one of the leading names in the industry and is credited with ever-consistant knitwear collections and statement stripes — elements which remain apart of the ready-to-wear brand today.

Julie de Libran  is currently the Artistic Director at Sonia Rykiel.