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Iconic French Fashion Designer Sonia Rykiel Passes Away At 86

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Sonia Rykiel passes away at 86.

This is a huge loss for the fashion world.

Sonia Rykiel, iconic French designer and a pioneer in the industry, has passed away at the age of 86 from complications of Parkinson's disease.

During her lifetime, the designer was lauded for her groundbreaking contributions, such as being the first to make maternity clothes that actually flattered and revealed a woman's pregnant shape instead of hiding it.

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Similar to how Coco Chanel liberated women from corsets, Rykiel focused on making clothes for the average woman who valued functionality over fussiness.

In the 1980s, her empire expanded to include fragrances, menswear, and accessories, but she retired in 2009, handing over the reins of her business to daughter Nathalie.

Rykiel was twice given the Legion of Honor, the highest award in France, by French Presidents Francois Mitterrand and Nicolas Sarkozy.

May she rest in peace!

Check out some more pics of her and her designs worn by celebs in the gallery (above)!

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Valentino Receives Commander Of The Order Of Arts Medal In Paris!

Valentino added another award to his collection extensive collection on Wednesday.

The designer was in Paris to receive the Commandeur de l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres medal, one of France's highest honors, for his contributions to the arts.

If Garavani looked a little bored at the reception it's probably because he's already been there and done that twice.

In 2006, he was awards the Légion d’Honneur in the very same room. Two years later, the mayor presented Valentino with the Grand Médaille de Vermeil de la Ville de Paris, which basically made him an honorary citizen of Paris.

Very impressive!

Congrats!

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John Galliano Stripped Of France's Legion Of Honor

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Lance Armstrong isn't the only one being stripped of his titles!

John Galliano no longer has the right to wear France's Legion d'Honneur

The ex-Christian Dior designer received France's highest award in 2010, only to have it taken away this week by President Francois Hollande, who signed a decree in the country's official journal.

The move obviously stems from Galliano's guilty verdict for spewing anti-Semitic slurs, but why did it take them so long!?

Oh well, one less thing to pack up and take to El Lay.

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France Honors Lenny Kravitz With Highest Award

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Congratulations are in order for Lenny Kravitz!

He's just been honored with France's highest award — the Legion of Honor!

Wednesday night, he received he award as Culture Minister Frederic Mitterrand praised him for his musical message, commenting:

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Liza Minnelli Gets Honored By France, Calls It 'A Dream Come True'

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How lovely!

Earlier today, France paid tribute to legend Liza Minnelli by making her an officer in their Legion of Honor.

She was pinned with a "red-ribboned medal" by French Culture Minister Frederic Mitterand during what sounds like a beautiful ceremony.

Liza referred to the honor as "a dream come true" and she had the following to say to the attendees at her ceremony:

"Thank you for watching me, thank you for caring about me."

Congratulations, Liza! A very well-deserved honor!

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