When Rinko met Julien: A Tokyo Fashion Love Story

As the old saying goes, he’s huge in Japan. French designer Julien David, who shows his spring/summer 15 collection tomorrow in Paris, has long made his home in Tokyo. As he says of his adoptive city, “Tokyo has no rules, it's freedom for me.”

by i-D Team, Adam Fletcher, and Rory Satran
25 September 2014, 3:45pm

Photography Marcelo Gomes

Rinko Kikuchi
What do you like about Julien David's clothing?

His clothing is extremely sensitive but has a dynamism and humour in it. The materials, how they feel on your skin and the colours are just very unique and express the distinctive world of Julien David. Dressing in his clothes makes me feel like I'm gaining some new experience.

How would you describe Japanese fashion?
It's like absorbing things from so many different directions and making them our own. It's hard to put into words but it's universal, confident, sensitive, and cute. All together these give pleasure.

Where are some of your favourite spots in Tokyo?
I love making the rounds visiting sushi bars.

What are some of your favourite films?
There are many, but I was deeply impressed by the movies of John Cassavetes, and I admire him a lot too.

What was your favourite wardrobe from a film you've been in?
The Brothers Bloom.

Julien David
What were you like as a teenager?

I liked music way more than I liked school.

How would you describe your personal style?
Changing and remaining, confused and crystal clear!

What is your fashion point of view?
In fashion, one's point of view must change and adapt through the times while keeping genuine feelings.

What are some of your favourite places or things to do in Japan?
I like Jingumae where my shop and studio are. It's at the juncture of established Aoyama, chic Omotesando, and wild and young Harajuku.

How has Japan and its design culture influenced your work?
I don't reference Japan intentionally in my work but I have been living here for eight years. I think it's part of my aesthetic now.

What is special about Rinko?
Rinko is beautiful, talented and she has a great quirky sense of style.

Who is your muse?
I never design with one specific person in mind. The engine for me is to show that high fashion can look different from what you would expect it to look like. A lot of things have been done but a lot of things are left to be done!


Photography Marcelo Gomes
All clothing Julien David

Paris Fashion Week
Rinko Kikuchi
Marcelo Gomes
spring/summer 15
rory satran
julien david
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