Sonia Rykiel Revelation

In a book co-authored by Judith Perrignon, French designer Sonia Rykiel has revealed that she is suffering from Parkinson’s Disease. (Read more about it HERE)

People aux défilés Haute-Couture 2009/2010 : Sonia Rykiel

Initially I was shocked.  But as I began to comb through past runway shows, I realized the signs were there.  Instead of prepping her fashion shows backstage, Sonia Rykiel spent the last couple seasons sitting on the side of the shows.  During this time, she has been seen less in public and has become more protective of her privacy.

Having watched the illness first hand (first with my grandfather and now with another family member), I can imagine how challenged the otherwise vibrant 81 year-old designer must feel!

But, looking at the latest collections, you may never expect it!  And in honor of Sonia Rykiel, (plus my current obsession for all things spring!), I thought we could take a look at some of my favorite pieces from her S/S 2012 Collection.

Sonia Rykiel S/S 2012:

Sonia Rykiel photo via Flickr user Nicolas Genin
Runway Images by Marcus Tondo / via


  1. I had no idea she was diagnosed with Parkinson’s – so sad, but she is an amazing woman and her legacy as a top notch designer will precede her disability. (I too am beyond obsessed with her current season’s looks!)

  2. I love the second look – the lose flowing beige pants with a white top.

    My father in law suffered from Parkinson’s, so I know debilitating the disease can be….

  3. I had no idea! My mother in law was just diagnosed with Parkinson’s a few months ago. It’s pretty horrifying to think of what she has in store…

    Sonia Rykiel is such a talent. It must be so painful to have to watch everything come together from the sidelines.


  4. How pretty, bright and alive! I love her collection. I love the loose, blowy materials.

  5. So wearable and so beautiful. That is really sad, but she seems so brave and carries on. Love her look too -not a hint of botox and the flaming hair.

  6. I am so shocked and saddened, I’ve loved her work since I was in high school–she was one of my first fashion design house crushes in my teens! Loving her collections lately too. She’s so great!

    xo Mary Jo

  7. What a shame…Such a brave and talented lady!

  8. I love the designs, long and flowing.

  9. You know I hope she lived and lives a life with some sense of the great work she has done and finding moments to connect still…


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