In the world of style, the delicate and lyrical lines of Julie Verhoeven are as adored and widely recognized as Andy Warhol's Manolo Blahnik illustrations. And like her hero, Russian-born czar of fashion illustration ErtÃ©, Verhoeven is known for creating women on paper that are absolutely au courant and unmistakably beholden to the master who created them. The 38-year-old Brit has developed a drawing style with substance that has withstood the shifting tides of fashion, and she is unstoppable. As a teenager growing up in Kent, England, Verhoeven twice did not make the cut at London's prestigious St. Martin's College of Art and Design, so instead she went to work for the inimitable John Galliano as his design assistant in 1987 -- an experience, she says, that helped her stay focused on her own creative vision. "My style has taken ages to set in," says Verhoeven. "I have always been driven to being able to draw an appealing and seductive face, and that has been a struggle."
Since then, the steadfast and talented Verhoeven has been tapped for collaborations with a long list of fashion bigwigs -- from A.P.C., Cacharel, Louis Vuitton and Versace to Dazed and Confused and Self Service. She's also accumulated a few more notches on her belt as a clothing designer (her own line, now defunct, was called GIBO), and as a teacher at various art institutions, including St. Martin's. Come September, the artist can add to the list Mulberry, who have courted her to freshen up their house label. The British accessories company will debut a line embellished with her magical, girlish touch. "The collaboration was a very organic process initiated by Stuart Vevers," Verhoeven says. "We wanted it to feel bold, vibrant and a little odd." And a little odd is always good.