Louis Vuitton’s Design Director Julie de Libran Shares Her Style – Discover More About Fashion’s Insiders on ELLE.com

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Home Again: Louis Vuitton’s Style Inspiration

French-born Julie de Libran’s wanderlust infuses not only her personal style but also her resort and cruise collections for Louis Vuitton. However, a peek inside this working mom’s closet shows that sometimes the best fashion ideas are homegrown.

By Katrina Onstad | September 27, 2010 5:00 p.m.

Photo: Thibaut de Saint Chamas

Slideshow: A Peek Inside the Closet of Louis Vuitton’s Julie de Libran

Framed sketches and family photos are propped up on the shelves and tabletops and line the hardwood corridors of Julie de Libran’s sunlit apartment five floors above Paris’ ever-cool Saint-Germain-des-Prés quarter. The white walls, however, are mostly bare—the better to spotlight her rotating collection of vintage flea market finds, such as a ram’s horn and a Willy Rizzo late-’60s stainless-steel tripod lamp. “I like things to be moving,” de Libran says. “I like the possibility of change.”

This home-in-motion philosophy is mirrored in the clothes de Libran has been creating for the past two years as women’s design director at Louis Vuitton. Like her boss, Marc Jacobs, she designs with the “Vuitton girl” in mind, which comes rather naturally; the customer she has in mind is urbane and globe-trotting, with a romantic reverence for the past—much like de Libran herself.

“She’s always dressed and has somewhere to go,” says de Libran, who can relate, having called the U.S., Italy, and her native France home. Designing the 2010 cruise collection, she daydreamed about Old Hollywood and pictured the Vuitton girl road-tripping through the mountains to Palm Springs, that bastion of classic midcentury architecture. “It’s about traveling with a free spirit, beautiful vegetation, cactus, and the look of old hotel upholstery,” she says. “I love the conflict of colors in those designs from the ’50s to the ’70s, but I wanted to give it a modern twist and make it very sophisticated.”

via Louis Vuitton’s Design Director Julie de Libran Shares Her Style – Discover More About Fashion’s Insiders on ELLE.com.

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One Response to “Louis Vuitton’s Design Director Julie de Libran Shares Her Style – Discover More About Fashion’s Insiders on ELLE.com”

  1. Oh la la! I have been dreaming and drooling over an LV briefcase…sigh…if only I were rich.

    -Lucky


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