Sonia Rykiel: New Artistic Director

Former Louis Vuitton studio director Julie de Libran joins label

Marc Jacobs' right-hand woman, who left Louis Vuitton shortly after the departure of the American design powerhouse, has been announced as the new to Artistic Director of Sonia Rykiel.

French-born, California transplant Julie de Libran, who has also spent time at Versace and Prada, will bring a new energy to the quintessentially Parisienne brand. Rykiel, she told WWD, has had a powerful influence on her own aesthetic. "She was such a powerful woman and she created such a style. I liked that she was a woman designing for women." We'll be watching the catwalk with interest during Paris Fashion Week in September, when she will be showing her first collection for the house.

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See Sonia Rykiel's Autumn/Winter 2014 collection here

See Marc Jacobs' final collection for Louis Vuitton here

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