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Designer Sonia Rykiel Dies At 86: See Her Best Celeb Red Carpet Looks [Dakota Johnson, Sarah Jessica Parker And More]


Sonia Rykiel
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The fashion world has lost another legend.

French fashion designer Sonia Rykiel has passed at the age of 86 after a long battle with Parkinson's disease. Her death was confirmed by the office of French President François Hollande on Thursday, Aug. 25. A statement released by the élysée Palace called her a pioneer.

The designer her first boutique in Saint-Germain-des-Prés in Paris's Left Bank in 1968. She quickly became known fo her sophisticated, playful designs and  knitwear and was even dubbed the "Queen of Knits" for her new fashion techniques. She was the first designer to put seams on the outside of a garment, leave hems unfinished and use slogans on her sweaters. She has also been credited with popularisation of wearing black. 

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She has certainly always been popular among celebs. When she was first starting out selling the sweaters from her husband's store, actress Audrey Hepburn bought 14 of them in every color.

In honor of the legendary designer, take a look at some of our other favorite celebrity Sonia Rykiel looks from the past below.

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Promoting her new film "American Honey," during the 69th Cannes Film Festival, Riley Keough stepped out in an all white Fall 2016 ensemble which featured a long sleeve button down shirt and cuffed trousers.

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Julianne Moore hit up the red carpet at the 66th Berlin Film Festival while promoting her new movie, "Maggie's Plan." The Oscar-winning actress sparkled in a Sonia Rykiel pre-fall 2016 all-black ensemble which featured a long-sleeve crop-top and a sequin and black platform sandals. She kept the sparkle theme going by adding a gold sequin clutch.

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Jourdan Dunn brought some sex appeal to the GQ Men Of The Year Awards held at The Royal Opera House  in London, England showing a lot of skin with a slit to the thigh, backless Sonia Rykiel Fall 2015 striped metallic dress styled with smouldering eye makeup and Guiseppe Zanotti pumps.

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Sienna Miller walked the red carpet alongside  Xavier Dolan for the premiere of "Carol' during the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival  wearing a Sonia Rykiel Pre-Fall 2015 sheer dress and cape enriched with velvet stars and safety pin accents which she styled with a Bulgari clutch and jewels.

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Dakota Johnson hit up the SNL 40th Anniversary Celebration held at Rockefeller Plaza in New York City wearing a striped sequin Sonia Rykiel frock styled with silver Gianvito Rossi sandals.

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Gigi Hadid, Kendall Jenner and Hailey Baldwin all walked in Sonia Rykiel Spring Summer 15 runway show during Paris Fashion Week.

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Sarah Jessica Parker attended The New York Pops 31st Birthday Gala held at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in New York City wearing a black Sonia by Sonia Rykiell long-sleeved velvet-trimmed dress with an embellished Giorgio Armani vest.

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Scarlett Johansson arrived at Venice Film Festival for the "Under the Skin" photocall sporting a black-and-lemon-striped knit tank top from Sonia Rykiel's Resort 2014 collection with high-waisted Roland Mouret pants and black satin Roger Vivier open-toe heels.


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Reporter's Photo Aug 26, 2016 09:10 AM EDT