A consummate storyteller, Julien David likes to draw his audience into the “Imaginarium of Dr. David,” to lift a Terry Gilliam title. Summer 14 was no different and we’ll find David’s girl joining the titular Tribe of the Seven Seas. One can only imagine how she got there: retro red life buoys printed big and small, floaty tulle, curling waves snaking up thighs, the leafy fronds and even the shimmery black of night waters, it was by sea.
His water world was an opportunity for the designer to go wild in his love of materials, as he mixed holographic polyurethane, shiny lame and iridescent jacquard with cottons and textured nylons to create a lovable stadium jacket, paper bag bottoms or a textured hoodie, which the cool kids will be paying for when it drops in stores.
There’s a reference to David’s highly graphical visual repertoire, and the cute-but-not-cutesy elements that are no doubt plentiful in his Japanese surroundings, reenacted here as a low-fi oversize cross stitch embroidery (fashion’s primitive pixel, if you will) and “cosmic fruit” prints. Nippy summer nights will be saved by reaching out for the intarsia lifesaver sweaters, and days at the office will be too, with a pretty printed silk shirtdress in a similar tone.
Projections dressed the walls of his show venue, not only providing additional ambiance, but also affording everyone a closer look at the garments. At the end of the day, it is clear that, give or take or leave the tulle brought over from the fall, David knows how to tell, but more importantly sell, a story; one essential quality that ensures the young French designer has what it takes to last in fashion's dangerous waters.