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Art and Soul: Aaron Young Sets the Mood for Julien David Fall ’14


Aaron Young

Julien David has emerged as one of Paris’ hottest up-and-comers since launching his line in Spring 2011 (and winning the 2012 ANDAM prize). He has an artful approach to even the most basic of ensembles (think high-tech fabric hoodies and textural, tulle-embellished T-shirt frocks), and he’s proven that his finger is on the pulse of creative culture. So it’s perhaps not surprising that he’s worked with one of fashion’s favorite artists, the impossibly cool Aaron Young, for his Fall ’14 show, which is set for 1 p.m. tomorrow at Paris’ Palais de Tokyo. Young, who met the Japan-based David while visiting Tokyo, has lent the designer two of his gilded barricade sculptures to enhance the ambience of the presentation.

“Every season I try to present a new idea of what can be considered high-end fashion,” David told “I do it progressively, working concepts and techniques little by little. The two keywords for Fall ’14 are ‘control’ and ‘release.’ I wanted to show my taste for mixing references that are not generally used together, and build the collection around those opposite things.” He felt that Young’s sculptures were the perfect complement to this concept. “I asked Aaron to lend me two of his beautiful barricade sculptures for the show. They’re totally crunched up but dipped in 24-karat gold. They’re a nice analogy for this season’s materials and fabric manipulation.” Have a look at Young’s sculptures, above, and don’t miss David’s show tomorrow afternoon.

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