Julien David never, but never dissapoints to deliver the most exciting fabrics and textures for his menswear collections. Spongy denim. Do you feel it? ‘Cause I do. Utilitarian jump-suits, blazers, pants, coats – I want to have nearly every single piece from autumn-winter 2016 collection, made of this fabulously durable, warp-faced cotton textile. Moreover, this collection is inspired with Akira, a dystopian anime film from 1988, set in futuristic Tokyo. No wonder why Japan, and its modernistic approach, is constantly appearing on Julien’s mind – all of his clothes, for both men and women, are manufactured in Japan. Except the sharp, aluminum spikes on models’ heads, the collection didn’t directly show the stereotypical, bold nature of anime characters; to a big extend, it was all about a comforting neutrality. And whatever they say about the prosperity and functionality of high-tech textiles, David believes denim will still rule in the future.
Nostalgia is having a moment lately in the fashion industry – after Alessandro Michele’s vintage affair at Gucci, the old has never been so… new. And Julien David proves this in his pre-fall 2016 collection for his eponymous, made in Japan label. The emerald green, granny shirts and skirts had a lot to do with a wardrobe, which suddenly revived from few decades ago; the supposedly Star Wars inspired, over-sized t-shirt is a nod to thrift-shop-born, 90’s style – in other words Julien looks back at the decades with a 21st century glance. Easier, street-style ready sweat-shirts or affordable, white shirts were spiced up with elongated, buckled belts. The French designer’s collections are edgy, but always comfortable – take a look at this balloon-like, voluminous coat – modern, but with a appealing soigné vibe. Lastly, the shoes. Neon-shaded, chunky club footed clobs. I bet the fans of Julien David’s vision will do anything for these orthopedic dreams. Just like for this laid-back pre-fall update.