Prestige Hong Kong - - AGENDA -

At some point in win­ter the cold starts to get to us and dress­ing be­comes more a chore to stay warm than a style state­ment. To rem­edy that, and to keep things fresh, we in­ter­viewed one of our favourite stylish women, Julie de Li­bran, cre­ative direc­tor at So­nia Rykiel, to see how the French keep look­ing chic even in the drea­ri­est of months.

What pieces did you choose for this chal­lenge?

Pieces with vol­ume to pro­tect me from the frost. I like white and black, the colours I chose for to­day’s out­fit. But I also like dark blue, browns, tans and greens.

How do you usu­ally dress for win­ter?

Black faux-fur coat, leather leg­gings and boots. For boots I al­ways wear ones with kit­ten heels to move fast through­out the day.

What do you con­sider sta­ples for this sea­son?

Men’s blazer, silk blouse, leather leg­gings, striped knit and the Copain Rykiel shear­ling bag.

How do you ap­proach de­sign­ing an au­tumn/ win­ter col­lec­tion?

Usu­ally I start by re­search­ing icono­graphic im­ages and pho­tog­ra­phy that in­spires me. Then I re­search and de­sign the fab­rics. Fi­nally I sketch the sil­hou­ette for that sea­son. Then I do a toile fit­ting in my ate­lier at 175 Boule­vard St Ger­main. Fi­nally I con­tinue for ac­ces­sories, bags, shoes and jew­ellery.

What is your favourite win­ter item?

I have to cheat. Both a black faux-fur coat and a black shear­ling bag.

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