Surf’s up, boards at the ready

Julien David Quiksilver
By Tempe Nakiska | Fashion | 27 June 2014

Julien David’s SS15 show in Paris this week brought brought a refreshing burst of Californian attitude to the fashion circuit with the parallel premiere of a new collaboration with Quiksilver.

The Tokyo-based designer has butted heads with the surf brand with this capsule collection the first edition in a partnership that will span three years. It’s a sleek fit: David’s cheeky humour is perfect fit for the laid back surf brand’s own creed. Think tuxedo trompe-l’oeil wetsuits and rashies and David’s own take on the classic Quiksilver Ghetto Dog print, plus t-shirts and boardies that invoke the spirit of original Quiksilver styles developed in the early 70s.

Of his SS15 collection, David says he looked to early nineties athletes and musicians including Christian Hosoi, Natas Kaupas, Anthony Kiedis, Flea, Chad Smiths, Michael Hutchence and Corey Glover. “I wanted to mix my memories and maybe imaginary memories of surfers, skaters and artists, what it meant within pop culture and how they looked at that time,” he says.

It’s the whip smart high-to-low mix that really works here, a consistent approach running through a number of the past fortnight’s collections.


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