Julie de Libran's reflective collection
Julie de Libran thinks a reflection never lies.
The French fashion designer is the artistic director of Sonia Rykiel. For her second collection, she took inspiration from mirrors and reflections.
"[I was] inspired by the work of artist Jeppe Hein, who uses mirrors," she told Harper's Bazaar UK. "It is these mirrors that create reflection; and reflection never lies."
The 43-year-old took up her position at Sonia Rykiel in May last year. After the success of her debut collection, Julie decided to draw on the brand's founder's fascination with reflective glass to create her follow up range.
"This collection plays with light in many fascinating ways," she continued. "I experimented with fabrics, using embellishment and metallic leather to create a reflection."
Julie used innovative texture and material combinations to rework the striped jumper, which is one of the most iconic items in the label's history. The star decided to use chainmail and sequins to bring the garment in line with her vision.
Meanwhile, an image of Beaches actress Bette Midler wearing a gold turban inspired the metallic snakeskin dresses. An archive floral print was also used on a beautiful velvet jumpsuit, with adorned floor-length striped dresses also featuring in the collection.
Julie's work has been well received by the fashion crowd after she made her debut at Paris Fashion Week in September last year. She previously spoke of her aim to maintain the goals set out by 85-year-old Sonia.
"Ease and comfort, with a glamour to it, and a feminine touch," she told to WWD. “It’s not a conceptual brand... It’s so timeless.”