Julien David Menswear Fall Winter 2015 Paris

Work hard, play harder. Julien David's Fall 2015 collection highlighted the thinning meniscus between business and leisure. In 2015, even the most unrepentant slacker eventually joins the suits, even if being on the company board means leaving your own board at home. But the mirrored shades stay (another of David's cool-kid collaborations and dropping immediately in-store at Colette). An occasional briefcase came with a Go Pro camera perched on top, to record this unusual run.

It wasn't a switch from the streetwear to dressier options as a blending, as evidenced in mass transportation in any metropolis. Take the subway in the morning and your panorama runs the gamut of parkas thrown over untucked shirts and dress trousers, backpacks slung cross-body over suit jackets. Splitting his time between Tokyo and London, the designer has plenty of opportunity to see hordes of salarymen in such get-up, as Millennials and Gen-Y continue to crave for life balance while commuting. Peacoats competed with worker jackets, and to go with this, David provided dressier options for sportswear staples, slick in darker shades, holding their shapes in business appropriate attire. The attention that goes into fabric choices — and sometimes creation — borders on the obsessive, but it pays off in the alchemy of materials and cuts.

Everywhere, 3D velvet palm trees cropped up, from vests to sneakers, and even on the surface of those briefcases. "Strictly business,” shouted a sweatshirt. No doubt the expression of our salaryman slacker's subconscious desires: rob a bank Bohdi-style or create the next billion-dollar start-up, but get back on the waves ASAP.

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