Born in Paris, Nathalie Rykiel became a model for “Sonia Rykiel” in 1975. Soon thereafter, she devoted her time to the staging of fashion shows for the house. A mother of three daughters, she created “Rykiel Enfant” in 1983, during her first pregnancy. In 1989, she created a second line of ready-to-wear for the brand called “Inscription Rykiel”; in 2005 its name was changed to “Sonia by Sonia Rykiel”. In 1995, she was named Managing Director and Artistic Director of “Sonia Rykiel”. Nathalie created three fragrances for the house starting with le Parfum 81997), then l’Eau de Sonia Rykiel (1998) and Rykiel Homme (1999).
In 2000, she was the face for the brand in the advertising campaign for the house’s new perfume Rykiel Rose. The same year, she created “Sonia Rykiel Modern vintage” (limited re-editions of selected pieces).
In 2002, she created “Rykiel woman”, a concept dedicate to sensuality and pleasure, in which erotica and sex-toys mingle with gifts and clothes in the heart of Saint-Germain-des-Prés.
In 2003, she created a new perfume: Rykiel woman, Not for men!
In 2004, she created the first Sonia Rykiel lingerie collection.
In 2005, she created “Rykiel Karma Body and Soul!” This wellbeing collection was dedicated to the harmony of body and spirit. That same year, Nathalie launched “Quoi de neuf?” an annual rendezvous held in September that brings together a selection of cultural offerings at the Rykiel boutiques in Saint-Germain-des-Prés.
In 2006, she launched a new perfume, Belle en Rykiel.
In 2007, she became President of “Sonia Rykiel”. In 2008, to mark the House’s 40th anniversary, she organized an homage to “Sonia Rykiel”.