He may have kept everyone waiting as he tied up official state business, but it didn't take French President Nicolas Sarkozy long to win over the fashion crowd as he decorated designers Sonia Rykiel and Jean-Louis Scherrer in a ceremony at the Elysées palace Wednesday evening. "Even I know you're famous for stripes," said Sarkozy as he praised Rykiel in a speech before making her a commander in the French Legion of Honor. "You are terribly French," he continued of Rykiel. "We need more free spirits like yours to turn our habits on their heads. Our country is too conservative."