I interviewed Sonia Rykiel for a first-person memoir piece for Harper’s Bazaar August issue. The piece was then re-published in the Observer (here) and, this week, in You magazine. She was quite a character. Met her at her apartment in Paris which is all black lacquered walls and open wardrobes filled with fur coats.
She took one look at me and said, “If you are a larger woman, you need to know how to dress well.” I was not sure whether this was a compliment or an insult. Either way, she was cool. On her life with Parkinson’s: “What I don’t like is when they say: “Oh, isn’t she fantastically brave?” I’m not brave, I’m not fantastic. I’m like any other woman. I’m unhappy. I’m difficult. I’m sad. Am I strong, too? Maybe, but not always.”