Julien David is in a party mood, but not always in the way one might think. For Resort, he decided to tackle every party theme he could think of, and developed prints like old-fashioned fair ride tickets on a drapey silk twill and party hats that, he observed, could just as easily be "pizza slices trying to look like party hats." Still, once he got going with the celebratory theme, David started wondering what was so happy about it all. As a result, the pixelated balloon motif has not a smiley face in sight—just the opposite, in fact.
The party-favor palette, particularly neon pink and green, returned on David's popular platform sneakers and chinos and—improbable as it may sound—winningly as jacquard accents on a white seersucker jacket with a floral print. Eye-catching textures included a vaporized jacquard treatment, a quilted overprint that fused aluminum to cotton nylon, a fused silk skirt with a floral relief, and a jacquard weave incorporating little squares of pink foil in a checkerboard motif.
David also revisited his best-selling confetti tops, which are more like accessories than clothing. Other streetwise accessories, from field hats to earrings, are a fast-growing category for the designer. His most recent earrings are ruthenium-treated for a black finish, or studded with pearls. Elsewhere, the designer's collaboration with Quiksilver on men's surf attire has produced items such as a wet suit bearing a tuxedo print and racing-check details, all made entirely of recycled materials. The board shorts are upcycled from plastic bottles (it takes six to eleven bottles per pair, depending on the style). Women's options are soon to follow.