At one end, you have Akira, a fantastically dystopian anime film from 1988, set in 2019 Neo-Tokyo. At the other, you have men's Fashion Week in present-day Paris. These two realms overlapped within an unmarked subterranean space off the Champs-Élysées, where Julien David's collection brought elements of the cult classic movie into high definition. Notwithstanding the explosive silver-spiked hair, the designer's futuristic vision exists independent of its inspiration and possesses none of the loaded tone. In fact, the most radical aspect to his sturdy, forgiving, functional clothes was their neutrality. Julien David, essentially, created permutations of a workwear uniform in spongy bonded stretch Japanese denim. To the foundation work jacket and trousers he added a rounded cape, knee-length coat, sweatshirt, hoodie, and track pants. As if the engineered pockets, with their raw edges delineating islands on the expanses of blue, white and navy, weren’t challenging enough, each garment was reversible. For Julien David, this was a forward-minded move (ditto, although for different reasons, the cashmere coat styled backward). Further on, he shifted back to his characteristic textural eccentricities with specially treated "wavy" wool in flamingo pink, heathered jacquard, and overprint outerwear quilted in a spike motif. The desire to experiment clearly comes naturally to Julien David, who said that working in Tokyo has stoked that fire even further. Yet every look remained relatable -whether sporty, nautical or polished- largely thanks to the styling. There’s something comforting to the idea that one of the industry's more imaginative designers believes we will still be sporting sweatshirts around our shoulders no matter what the future holds.