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PARIS French fashion designer Sonia Rykiel died on Thursday at the age of 86, mourned by President Francois Hollande as an inventor of "an attitude, a way of life".

Rykiel was a rare women at the top of a world dominated in the 1970s, 80s and early 90s by men such as Yves Saint Laurent and Karl Lagerfeld, inspiring female self-empowerment through her tongue-in-cheek style, notably brightly striped sweater dresses.

"It is a sad day but Sonia Rykiel leaves behind her an extraordinary legacy," Jean-Marc Loubier, chairman and chief executive of First Heritage Brands, parent company of the Sonia Rykiel label, told Reuters.

"She was a pioneer who helped women and society evolve."

Instantly recognizable by her bushy red hair, Rykiel founded her fashion house in the literary Paris quarter Saint-Germain des Prés in 1968, when France was rocked by violent student riots, aiming to counter stiff, bourgeois dress codes, with inside-out stitches and extra-short skirts.

Early adopters of her tightly fitting sweater dresses included actresses Brigitte Bardot, Catherine Deneuve and Audrey Hepburn.

"I wanted to make a sweater for a specific woman - myself," she wrote in her 2012 memoir "N'oubliez pas que je joue" ("Don't forget that I am acting").

"(I) couldn't find the clothes I had in mind for a woman of 30 who has come home from work to go to Sucesso Modas Online the theater and then wants to go out for dinner afterwards."

"I had the sweater made in a factory in Italy and it was tiny; it was just how I wanted it. They called it the 'poor boy sweater'. Someone from French Elle saw it in the shop window, and it made the front cover."

President Francois Hollande's office said: "She had invented not only a style but an attitude, a way of life and gave women freedom of movement."

Ralph Toledano, chairman of the French Federation of couture, ready-to-wear designers and fashion designers said: "Sonia Rykiel was a great lady of exceptional talent, she embodied the rebel and independent spirit of Paris and Saint Germain des Prés."

"Her style expressed the quintessence of a free woman and her heritage is all the more pertinent in light of the current news and events," he said, a reference to the decision by many French seaside towns to ban "burkinis".

In the 1970s, Women's Wear Daily called Rykiel "the queen of knitwear" even though she never learned how to knit and had not studied fashion.

In 1995, Rykiel passed on the creative and management leadership to her daughter Nathalie, around the time she was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.

In 2012, the family sold control of the label to Hong Kong investors but Nathalie Rykiel still works as a consultant for the fashion brand.

(Editing by Dominique Vidalon and Robin Pomeroy)
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30 Aug 2016
Two of the biggest trends for this fall and winter are jeans and boots. It's all about the new shape of jeans, which has paved the way for more boots than ever. Galina Espinoza, senior editor for People Stylewatch magazine, came to The Early Show to demonstrate how this look can be worn.

Espinoza said the boot cut jean is stepping aside to make way for the skinny jean, which can be tucked into boots. Although many people hear the words "skinny jeans" and are sure they will not look good on their bodies, Espinoza said the fitted cut is actually flattering.

Espinoza's tips for finding great jeans:

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Some hot looks for fall:

1) Brown tall boots by J. Crew ($238), jeans by Gap ($58), maroon turtleneck by J. Crew ($38), blazer by Benetton ($139)

Espinoza called this the riding look: a very classic look with the riding boot. This look is not ideal for someone with full thighs because you're shortening your leg by stuffing your jeans into the boot and placing the emphasis on your upper thigh. This look is good for tall women with thin legs. Try and find a pair of jeans where you won't have any extra fabric at the knee or extra fabric above the boot.

2) Tan tall boots by Rafe ($525), dark Jeans by AG ($145), brown ruffle blouse by Banana Republic ($68)

This is a favorite look of Jennifer Aniston, who wants to look good but be comfortable. The boot also has a round toe and a wide, chunky heel, as opposed to less practical stilettos. Also, tan is a really hot color this season and can punch up a wardrobe.

3) Foldover boots by Calvin Klein ($200), black jeans by Express ($79.50), black and gray striped sweater by Calvin Klein jeans

With the foldover boot -- a favorite of Beyonce -- there is a risk of looking too much like a costume, so never wear them with ruffled blouses or you might look like a pirate. Wear these boots with one pop of color for a modern look. You could also not fold them over and wear them as thigh-high boots.

4) Black ankle platform boots by Steve Madden, trouser jeans by Diesel ($190), white blouse by Rebecca Taylor

For those who don't feel comfortable with skinny jeans, try this look. This boot has a round toe, which balances the silhouette better and is more proportional. A pointy toe would look too small with these jeans, which can be worn by all body types. Make sure they fit perfectly in the waist.

5) Moss green ankle boots by Lulu Guinness ($420), skinny jeans by Mavi ($88), blue/gray long sleeved T-shirt by Velvet, teal sweater by Benetton

This season, the '80s are coming back and so are ankle boots. Ankle boots are a good alternative to wearing heels in the winter because the foot is covered. Skinny jeans work really well with these boots because you can get cropped skinny jeans and show off the shoe, or let the jeans run over the boot and just have the toe peeking out.

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29 Aug 2016
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29 Aug 2016
CITY OF INDUSTRY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Torrid, a retailer of on-trend fashion apparel, lingerie and accessories

for young, voluptuous women who wear size 12 and up, is set to ignite

the women's specialty retail industry. The brand unveiled a

comprehensive rebrand that reflects its sexy, fashion-forward point of

view and includes new apparel collections, branding elements and

marketing campaigns.

"Over the last year we have developed a compelling and

well-differentiated position for the Torrid brand, in a niche market

that's underserved by the women's fashion retail industry," said Lisa

Harper, Chairman and CEO at Hot Topic, Inc. - the parent company to

Torrid. "We've tested styles, fits, silhouettes, colors and more, and

understand what our customers want to wear. Our revamped vertical

merchandising approach and new apparel collections are already receiving

rave reviews - and will help drive improved sales and margins."

Fashion Ignited

Torrid's fall collection - which started hitting stores on July 30 -

includes looks ranging from casual chic to sexy dresses, and is

characterized by lace details, pattern play and color impact. Also

important is that each item is designed and constructed specifically to

fit and flatter a voluptuous figure, rather than being a "sized up"

version of a fashion piece. Once developed, each piece is tried and

tested on various plus-size models, ensuring a fit that's unmatched in

the industry.

"Our new Stiletto fit jean, which we are introducing now, is an example

of our commitment to an exceptional fit," said Harper. "It's a

figure-hugging silhouette with extra stretch for our sexiest look. We

tested it with bloggers a few months ago and the feedback was very

positive." Torrid's new Stiletto jean joins the brand's other fits: the

Skinny, Curvy Skinny, Bootleg and Slim Bootleg - which are available in

a variety of fashionable washes, prints, colors and styles.

Sexy, Fearless, Beautiful

In addition to the new product roll-out, Torrid unveiled a completely

new brand look and message that's reflected in-store, as well as in a

new integrated marketing campaign that includes print placements in Cosmopolitan,

local billboards, social media marketing and more. The campaign tagline

- "I am Torrid" - serves as an aspirational message to voluptuous

women about their inherent beauty and descontos cupons sexuality. Campaign photography -

shot by renowned fashion photographer Ellen von Unwerth - brings "I

am Torrid" alive with sultry, sexy fashion images.

"Over the last year, the fashion industry has evolved to portray a more

inspirational view of the plus sized woman - a move we applaud. Our new,

more aspirational brand image reflects this shift and is empowering to

our customers," said Lisa Stanley, Vice President of Marketing for

Torrid. "Our customers want real fashion that is flattering to their

figures, and they want to be portrayed as they are: sexy, fearless and

beautiful. The 'I am Torrid' campaign tells that story."

Launched in 2001, Torrid now has 176 stores across the country. The

chain began an expansion in 2012, signaling the company's fashion

collections resonate with customers and are well differentiated in the

marketplace. The company has opened more than 20 stores Sapatos Femininos Online in malls and

strip centers in 2012, and expects to open approximately 20 more by the

end of the year. The "I am Torrid" campaign is designed to

clearly articulate the brand's fashion positioning, and raise awareness

that will drive sales in-store and online.

About Torrid

Torrid retails on-trend fashion apparel, lingerie and accessories

inspired by and designed to fit the young, voluptuous woman who wears

size 12 and up. Torrid fashion collections stimulate self-confidence and

encourage a woman to feel sultry and downright irresistible. Torrid has

176 stores in malls and strip centers across the country, and an online

store at

You can also find us on Twitter

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Torrid is a division of Hot Topic, Inc., (NASDAQ: HOTT).

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