Five Minutes With Julie De Libran

JULIE DE LIBRAN is one of French 's most prominent figures due to her creative director role at Sonia Rykiel and her sartorial celebration of modern women. As another celebration of the brand's late founder - a special capsule collection called Rykiel Forever, dedicated to the joyful knitwear that Rykiel herself made synonymous with her brand - launches today, we spent five minutes with the designer to find out what makes her tick.

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What is the one thing you wish you could tell your 16-year-old self?

"To believe in your ideas, stay focused, work hard, have discipline and go get what you want."

What is the most-read book on your book shelf? 

"The Sonia Rykiel dictionary, Déglingué."

What's your guiltiest pleasure?

"Black chocolate."

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Who would play you in the film biopic of your life? 

"Myself."

What is the most treasured item in your wardrobe and where or when did you get it?

"My grandmother's leopard-print coat from the Sixties. My grandfather gave it to me saying I was the only one who would wear it."

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What four films could you watch over and over again?

Love Story, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, The Thomas Crown Affair (with Faye Dunaway and Steve McQueen), and La La Land.

If you could raid anyone’s wardrobe, whose would it be?

"Diana Vreeland."

To whom did you last say "I love you"?

"My son and my husband."

What song or album could be the soundtrack to your life and why?

"Simon and Garfunkel's Mrs Robinson for its good positive energy."

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Where is your favourite place in the world and what makes it so special?

"The Maldives, as that's where I rest and read."

What would you title your autobiography?

"My Life in Fashion."

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What are the three things that you would save from your house in a fire?

"My family, my cats, and my jewellery."

If you could invite four people - living or dead - to the ultimate dinner party, who would they be and what would you serve?

"Serge Gainsbourg, Anish Kapoor, Niki de Saint Phalle, Karl Lagerfeld and Coco Chanel. I would serve a chocolate fountain."

What was your life goal aged 10?

"To travel."

And what is it now?

"To help people, be kind, creative and enjoy life."

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How does it feel heading up one of Paris’s most famous fashion houses?

"I'm very thankful, it's a huge pleasure to be designing the next pages for Sonia Rykiel and a wonderful challenge. I was ready when I was asked to be designing for women in a women's home."

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What connection do you feel with the brand?

"I feel the connection being a French woman; of being a woman designing for women; the freedom of expression it gives; of creating collections that give a voice to women; and creating clothes that work for modern women today."

Rykiel Forever launches on Style.com today - see the full collection, as well as a special film starring Style.com editorial director Yasmin Sewell modelling it, below.

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