JULIEN MACDONALD: THE YACHT, THE VASE AND THE DRAGON TATTOO
























Word is, Julien is taking his spring/summer collection into the heart of Asia aboard a superyacht. 

At least, he was inspired by the luxury, modernity and refinement of the waterbound crash pads of the jet-set. But what about the much more literal dragon and Ming vase prints? Some in fashion were really not sure what to make of that. True artistic inspiration or too literal favour-seeking with a new rich clientele? Come on, people, stop the babble and look at the clothes. And like them, or not.

I’m not a fan of Ming print and dragon 'tattoos' myself but there are Asian-inspired looks to love, like the mesh and lace gowns with metallic belts, a truly gothic way to go East.

There's not much to remind you of yachts apart from leather jackets, or the cool shoes that look like pricey gadgets and could pass for spare parts of a spaceship. As for the rest, the more modern/retro/vintage style outfits are cool enough to me, and seem to work well as a varied but perfectly normal collection. It’s full of metallics, quilting, origami, kimono-style trims, contrasts, spring floral versions of Louis Vuitton’s a/w hat, plus draping, asymmetry and wrapover details, among which the less obvious Asian prints can smoothly mingle.

Which reminds me. If taking the fast track to the cherry-blossom-scented bosom of superyacht-land is what Julien is really after, do you really think he believes it’s lined with Ming prints and dragon tattoos? He would do as he does now – follow his inspirations. And next, he would take up Chinese. A few eloquent words in the mother tongue of prospective clients is where the real MingLing begins.




runway stills: vogue.co.uk

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