Julien David Ready To Wear Spring Summer 2013 Paris

The kids really aren’t alright: they’re actually quite cheeky at Julien David. As guests clambered up the stairs of Lycée Henri IV to the sound of Debussy, upstairs the kids were having a ball. The 'Spoiled Children' collection for spring/summer 2013 goes back to school to “study the phases of style evolution: you’re in the norm, you’re rebellious, you make mistakes, you find yourself in terms of style,” said Julien David at the conclusion of his show. 

The story reads like a manga about school- it’s past curfew in the girls’ dorm and everyone just rolled out of bed, hair still mussed from sleep. Hijinks ensue.  In the aftermath of his ANDAM prize this year, Julien David riffed the images associated with childhood to create a nostalgic yet fun collection. The uniforms, the “Seyès” lines that French schoolchildren use in class, naïve drawings of dinosaurs, even the blouses worn in school were given a grown-up touch that makes them age appropriate.

David’s fun and carefree collection was well thought out; his cuts will appeal to even the more serious types- his shirts in particular. The impact of his expatriation in Japan felt like delicate little touches, in the painstaking detailing that went into the looks. Machine embroidered holes that he designed were not just cut into the fabric, their edges were then stitched, giving the ensemble a neat, orderly look.

Customization stands at the heart of these transformations: an inch loped off here, an embroidery placed there- uniforms never stay static for long, especially in the hands of crafty young spirits. Cliff notes for everyone- never let go of that idea, you should appropriate your clothes fully.

- Lily Templeton

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