It's that time of the year when it's pop-up this, sample that in London. More's the pity that I'm looking at my bank account wondering where the best part of five figure sums have gone because the new house is draining all resources at the moment. Therefore when doing the sample sale rounds, I'm trying to keep it to a minimum. I couldn't miss the occasion that Julien David, whose blend of Japanese production, streetwear nous and all round fun and wit has had me all stitched up since day one, pops up in London for a very brief, very short four day "Flash" shop.
David up until now has spent most of his time in Tokyo, where he is able to achieve top notch production on his collections that rely heavily on custom made fabrics and interesting textiles. Lately though, he's been spending more time in London and is considering a move to the big smoke, whilst retaining a production base in Japan. That's a bi-city blend that I'm more than jealous of. This spontaneous Flash shop is David's way of saying a little "Hello!" to London.
A very tight and fine edit of David's A/W 13-4 collection (many of which you can find on FarFetch – testament of his growing popularity with stockists) has been put together so that Londoners can come and cop a feel of the interesting yarn blends, wool laces on mesh and camera man paparazzi prints on tomboyish shapes that you slip rather than struggle into, complete with alpaca trainers with a slightly raised platform sole. I've never been a fan of "Christmas-specific" dresses but the swiss dot scattered mesh overlay over a velvet dress definitely fits in that vein if you really need something festive. I got myself a grey skirt that kind of replicates that texture of shredded up tissue paper but is in fact a houndstooth with its yarns tugged out and frayed. The "Pap" camo print also caught my eye so much so that I was considering it as a "Ha-ha-ha" gift option for streetstyle snapper friends.
Julien David's presence at Paris Fashion Week has been going from strength to strength in a city where admittedly, young designers still get a little lost on the schedule. On a day packed with the likes of Anthony Vaccarello, Jacquemus and Piece D'Anarchive, "young Paris" impressed and David's S/S 14 collection once again offered up a different perspective to add to this eclectic mix. Under the sea and aquatic theme can be an obvious theme to riff off of but David merely looked to waters to cook up yet more tactile-friendly textiles – spongey dotted nylon, glitchy jacquards, old-slick polyurethane. David keeps the shapes fresh and friendly – paper bag waists, slouchy sweatshirts and varsity jackets and when needed, dresses are adorned with tulle netting embroidered with life savers and palm fronds for added interest. Let's hope his "Flash" moment in London becomes something more permanent in the near future.