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Sonia Rykiel Names New Creative Director

April Crichton was founder’s right hand and helped to develop secondary line.

PARIS — French fashion house Sonia Rykiel has named April Crichton creative director of its main fashion line.

The Scottish-born designer will take her bow alongside president Nathalie Rykiel at the brand’s spring-summer display Saturday, Rykiel said.

A graduate of Central Saint Martins in London, Crichton worked alongside founder Sonia Rykiel and helped to develop the secondary Sonia by Sonia Rykiel line.

Nathalie and Sonia Rykiel have been in charge of the house’s fashion direction since the departure of Gabrielle Greiss in 2009 after less than 18 months at the helm.