Julien David is riding the wave of a new collaboration with the surf brand Quiksilver, showing the first fruits of the arrangement in his men's spring collection today.
The cozy relationship made for good vibrations. David, citing Anthony Kiedis of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and pro skateboarder Christian Hosoi, combined beach culture with the surprise element of jazz to create four-stretch board shorts, paraffin-coated cotton suits, baggy seersucker suits, plaid parkas with elongated tails, and lacquered jacquards with a faint Caribbean vibe. The high-low message was punctuated by bow ties, slightly stacked sneakers, and matching caps (worn atop shaggy surfer wigs to Warholian effect). A lifeguard couldn't have saved one trompe l'oeil tuxedo tee, but otherwise it was a very impressive effort; the line is made in Japan, greatly increasing its quality, not to mention cost.
"Chic surfers," said David backstage, explaining that the two full wetsuit looks at the end—worn by pro snowboarder Iouri Podladtchikov and pro surfer Marc Lacomare—were made of Yulex, a kind of recycled neoprene. Seems the designer is doing his part to reduce ocean waste. All the while a live jazz band in scuba masks and snorkels tooted on their brass instruments. Not bad for a former scarf label.