Pioneering 'queen of knitwear' Sonia Rykiel dies aged 86
Sonia Rykiel, a French designer dubbed the "queen of knitwear" whose relaxed sweaters in berry-coloured stripes and eye-popping motifs helped liberate women from stuffy suits, has died aged 86.
French President Francois Hollande's office praised her as "a pioneer" who "offered women freedom of movement".
For the generation of women who came of age in the heady 1960s and 70s, Rykiel, with her hallmark bright orange hair, came to symbolise the new era of freedom.
She penned several novels and also figured in director Robert Altman's satirical 1994 look at the fashion industry, Pret-a-Porter.