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French fashion designer Sonia Rykiel dies

dpadpa 25/08/2016

French fashion designer Sonia Rykiel, nicknamed the Queen of Knitwear, has died at the age of 86.

Paris French fashion designer Sonia Rykiel has died at the age of 86, a statement from President Francois Hollande's office says.

Hollande's office praised her as "a pioneer" who "offered women freedom of movement."

His office didn't provide further details, and the Sonia Rykiel fashion house in Paris wouldn't immediately comment.

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.

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