'Rykiel forever': Parisian label remembers late designer

Mon Oct 3, 2016 7:00pm EDT
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(Reuters) - The late designer Sonia Rykiel was front and center at the runway show for her eponymous label on Monday at Paris Fashion Week, as red-haired models wearing black jumpers with letters spelling the slogan 'Rykiel Forever' kicked off the show.

The models wearing the Sonia Rykiel Spring/Summer 2017 collection, paid homage to the late designer with their long, flame-colored coiffures.

The collection, designed by the label's artistic director Julie de Libran, included many Rykiel staples, from billowing dresses, wide-legged trousers and oversized hats with platform heels to her striped knitwear once sported by Brigitte Bardot and Audrey Hepburn.

Rykiel died in August at the age of 86 after being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.

(Reporting by Reuters TV in Paris; Writing by Piya Sinha-Roy in Los Angeles; Editing by David Gregorio)

Models present creations in tribute to late designer Sonia Rykiel as part of the Spring/Summer 2017 women's ready-to-wear collection by Julie de Libran for fashion house Sonia Rykiel during Fashion Week in Paris, France, October 3, 2016.  REUTERS/Charles Platiau