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Forty years ago, Sonia Rykiel proved that a smart mind could be sexy. Building on that legacy, the designer Julie de Libran is taking Rykiel’s storied house to new heights.

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Julie de Libran, third from left, and models wearing de Libran’s first collection for Sonia Rykiel. De Libran wears her own bracelet. Photograph by Emma Summerton; styled by Julie de Libran.

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Sonia Rykiel with a model at her fall 1973 presentation. Photograph by Jean-Luce Hure.

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Julie de Libran in her Paris atelier, photographed by her friend Sofia Coppola.

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De Libran’s inspiration mood board. Photograph by Sofia Coppola.

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De Libran’s fabric swatches. Photograph by Sofia Coppola.

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Looks from de Libran’s spring 2015 debut at Sonia Rykiel. Photographs by Giovanni Giannoni/WWD.

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A Rykiel look from spring 1975. Photograph by Jean-Luce Hure.

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De Libran, moments before her runway show, photographed by Sofia Coppola.