24HOURS JULIE DE LIBR AN

The So­nia Rykiel de­signer’s life by the num­bers.

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My son wakes me up, and I pre­pare his break­fast and get him ready for school. From seven o’clock to 8.15, it’s all about him. I make him oat­meal with rice milk and fruit or toasted Poilâne bread with Nutella – that’s the more deca­dent ex­treme. I just have oat­meal and wa­ter with fresh ginger. It helps me stay healthy. I have Bir­man cats – two “Choupettes” – that my fa­ther gave to my son. The cats are lovely, a brother and sis­ter named Gas­ton and Gas­tine, only they love leather, so they at­tack my bags and my shoes. They bite them like a toy, like cat­nip, and they at­tack fur and feath­ers. We brush them all the time, but they have long white hair, and I’m of­ten dressed in black. I use a Scotch roller ev­ery time I leave the house. They come and scratch the doors in the morn­ing for break­fast, so I have not just my son but the cats wak­ing me up. 8.15AM Af­ter I walk my son to school, I go back and do an hour of gym – run­ning in the Jardin du Lux­em­bourg or do­ing yoga or Pi­lates. I have an in­struc­tor who comes to my house. That’s my time where I can breathe. 9.15AM I have a cof­fee and take my shower. The cats want to be in the bath­room with me; they fol­low me like dogs. I wash my hair with Shi­seido sham­poo. I have long hair, so I use a mask in­stead of con­di­tioner, and I’ve dis­cov­ered a great Kiehl’s styling cream. I’ve been us­ing La Prairie mois­turiser for my face – I kind of switch around. I was go­ing to skin­care ex­pert Joëlle Ciocco in Paris, but I haven’t had time lately. My make-up is sim­ple: BB cream from Ren, black eye­liner and mas­cara from Chanel, and I’m hooked on Baume de La Mer lip mois­turiser. My trick is to use Laura Mercier lu­miniser un­der my eyes. It makes you look like you just went on va­ca­tion. In the shower, I think about what I’m go­ing to wear, and I get dressed quite fast. Where I lose time is find­ing my clothes, be­cause my wardrobe is not as or­gan­ised as I’d like. I have my ba­sics – jeans and a white T-shirt – and I just dress around that. I’m in heels al­most ev­ery day, so I have a lot of them; one of my guest bed­rooms has be­come a walk-in closet. My clothes all have a story: bags from when I was at Louis Vuit­ton, shoes I did while I was at Prada. I’m cre­at­ing an archive. The new So­nia Rykiel clothes have just ar­rived, so now I’m al­lowed to wear them. I’ve been en­joy­ing wear­ing socks with san­dals – I like the at­ti­tude. I of­ten buy blaz­ers and jack­ets for my hus­band from places like Comme des Garçons, but I end up wear­ing them my­self. I try not to go into his closet, though, since mine is al­ready dom­i­nat­ing! To tell you the truth, it re­as­sures me that my closet is big­ger than my hus­band’s be­cause I’m more com­fort­able with a man who isn’t too into his clothes and look­ing at him­self in the mir­ror. I don’t like men who are too pre­cious, at least not as a hus­band. 9.50AM I’m lucky I live close to the of­fice be­cause I’m al­ways late. It’s my worst habit. My hus­band has had to get used to it; he had no choice. I take a Vélib bi­cy­cle, which is like Citi Bike, or walk or jump in a car if I’m very late, and I do my make-up on the way. I carry this huge Her­mès can­vas-and-leather bag

filled with books and ref­er­ences, or my

Julie de Li­bran, pho­tographed by David Bai­ley

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