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January 20, 2017
By Marcellous L. Jones
Photos Courtesy of Julius
Paris, France – Japanese fashion house Julius has presented in Paris a very high octane and rather emotional collection for the Fall Winter 2017/18 season. This is possibly one of the house’s most deeply introspective work. The premise from the collection’s guiding light comes from novels related to the year 1984.
First William Gibson’s 1984 novel, Neuromancer, expresses the chaos that comes from over population in the world. And then George Orwell book, 1984, which details a society run by “big brother”, who is always watching! The calamity and sense of urgency that these sources evoke in the soul may also bring forth an intensity that is also conveyed in the sound of Tina Turner’s deeply emotionally draining, yet reveting performance of the song “1984” from her Private Dancer album.
Julius pulls together so well the ideas from the two books. This translates into silhouettes of jersey tracksuits, oversized sweaters, jeans looks, etc. Though one would expect the ideas from the books to results in a violence infused with passion, emotion and even paranoia, we can’t but remark the contrasting freedom of movement that the large proportions bring. They have been softened by the smoothness and the coherency of the fabrics: leather, denims, cotton jersey, tartan, lambskin, knitwear, velour, etc.
“The world is moving greatly now towards singularity. Culture is beginning to be created around the world, with the rapid development of initiators, like network and technology,” says the house’s artistic director, Tatsuro Horikawa.
“I feel that the cultures fuse like a helix of DNA sequence. A new input is flowing like a flood in myself. A Positive evolution has already begun. That is why I am oriented toward the future, why this collection is oriented toward the future. Technology, a hybrid species of nostalgia, a neurotic collection oriented toward the future.”