Julien David continued to show off his knack for innovative fabrics, often mixing textures to alluring effect. He romanced a marine theme with subtlety (he called his collection “The Tribe of the Seven Seas”), keeping it gimmick-free in the interest of modernity. 

David worked with undulating cuts — gentle arcs, paper-bag waists — that suggested watery ripples, and injected his palette with moody blues to set the tone. Street-inspired classics such as the varsity jacket and waffle hoodie gleamed in iridescent silk nylon; billowing skirts and dresses in holographic polyurethane and lace vaporized with aluminum — don’t try that at home! — mimicked the reflections of light on water.

Elsewhere, little seaweed leaves and buoys were embroidered on tulle veilings over big-sleeve dresses, while shorts and sweaters in an open-weave dotted nylon recalled the pebbly surface of coral reefs. A sly galactic note came in a series of prints David referred to as “cosmic sea fruit.”

Throughout, he kept his shapes polished yet easy, working a sporty vibe for a collection that was both whimsical and chic.

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