One of the heartbeats of Paris has walked her final tour of the boulevard Saint-Germain-des-Près, leaving behind a legacy of style and well dressed followers who continue to define what Parisian style means today.
We're celebrating this inspiring force of nature this week to try to capture some of her inspiring spirit and fill the void she's left behind in the punk, fashion and intellectual scenes of the left bank.
Her love of literature
Rykiel was a fixture of the intellectual scene on the left bank from the 1960s until her death, and her dedication to literature was a central pillar of her love of the arts and the discussion of the written word.
Starting with her flagship store on the boulevard Saint-Germain-des-Près, Rykiel had the interiors transformed into the ultimate Parisian library - books lining every wall with the occasional faux café for reading and debating.
Her love of music
Rock was synonymous with Rykiel's against-the-grain style that she elevated with a distinctive Parisian sophistication featuring raw edges and exposed seams but also luxurious fur and chiffon.
This tribute to Rykiel from Sex Pistols manager, musician and fashion collaborator Malcolm McLaren perfectly encapsulates this melange of hard and soft, intellect and youthful daring, as well as the time in which Rykiel exploded onto the scene in Paris.
Her love of beauty
Although Rykiel herself had taken a step back from her namesake label, her influence remained strong and relevant with her easily recognisable stripes, colours and Parisian references making their stamp on Lancôme this season.
This collaboration between Lancôme and Rykiel takes inspiration from the intellectual left bank scene and the fragile yet strong Rykiel woman to create a boundary-pushing yet elegant palette for fall 16.
Her love of chocolate
Always the sweet tooth, Rykiel's love of chocolate was well known and in addition to her habitual 10 cups of tea she would indulge in two to six pieces of chocolate every day.
Her love of fashion
Of course, Rykiel could never be remembered without thinking of the important impact her designs have had on the fashion world and the women who wore, and still wear her clothes such as these from Fall 16.
She defined Parisian fashion for a new era, combining trademark stripes and punk elements with beautiful tailoring and romantic silhouettes to give her woman a sophistication with an intellectual punk edge.
Au revoir, Sonia Rykiel.