As promised, I’m sharing a glimpse of my favourite fashion show I saw during the last Haute Couture Week in Paris. The timeless, iconic designs by the French designer Julien Fournié will undoubtedly take your breath. Be sure to remember his name, because I’m certain you will hear it again and again.
JULIEN FOURNIÉ HAUTE COUTURE FW 2017/18 COLLECTION
This season Julien Fournié designed the remarkable masterpieces for the fatal ladies who have supported him on his way of becoming a grand designer as he became over the last few years. For Julien Fournié his empowered ladies embody the true fashion icons, who wear outfits above the fashion trends and far away from the vulgar red carpet. His muses are icons. And they deserve to wear only the contemporary looks that lift up the spine to define the new elegance of the eternal Haute Couture.
Julien Fournié’s Autumn Winter 2017-18 Haute Couture collection was truly breath taking. As soon as the models entered the room, walked to the stairs, where two gentlemen helped them step down the stairs, the moment stopped in the time. And glided slowly forward only when the fabric lightly floated in the air. It was simply magical. Honestly, I was charmed and couldn’t do anything else but simply watch the models in the beautiful dresses, trying to see all the details.
I felt connected with the designer the minute the first model walked by me. It might be due to my beloved delicate Gothic accents that were giving an edge to the looks or due to femininity peeking from under the sheer materials. Either way, both are meaningful for me.
FIRST ORACLE OF JULIEN FOURNIÉ
The designer named his Autumn Winter 2017-18 collection, which I saw as a fight of good and bad, a personal battle of every woman between her sensitive feminine soul and her powerful spirit, First Oracle.
The colour palette of the collection is clear and timeless. Julien Fournié designed his haute couture collection in black and gold, and shades of nude, that is only one hue away from the dark pale and powder pink. As it goes for the materials, Julien Fournié selected mohair, jersey, lace and also, for the first time, the silk faille.
DETAILS OF THE COLLECTION
We will remember the Autumn Winter 2017-18 Haute Couture Collection not only for the edgy makeup and feather crowns that framed the eyes of the models. But mainly to the layers of nude and black tulle all over the body, adorned with black sequins or embroidered with black lace in geometric plunging necklines.
On the other side, we will also remember this collection by close-to-the-body cuts Julien Fournié used to celebrate the femininity in the designs that cover almost all the skin. And the glimpse of Asian touch on the sleeves. Honestly, I got slightly confused when I first saw a model moving like a Geisha on the runway. Yet, after seeing the sculpted bust and details on the following designs, I understood the rigour Julien Fournié wanted to show.
I love Julien Fournié brought the same rigour and movement to the mohair coats and trench coats.
Yet, I felt this movement changed when the bride took the space. Dressed in a large “nude” ample court coat over the ivory lace dress with geometric inlays, which enhanced her body curves, she was like the libertine. However, this time I felt this final look was not about the dress or the coat. But about the crown of feathers which was masking bride’s eyes up until she finds the man with whom she is about to seal her destiny.
MAKEUP AND HAIR
The focal part of the Julien Fournié’s woman was undoubtedly her eyes which give the Gothic edge to the feminine look. The feathers placed on models eyelids brought the right timeless fashion touch to the classic designs. Moreover, this gesture brings back the models to his signature fashion illustrations.
The hair was short yet mysterious and provocative at the same time.
My favourite designers are the track pants (indeed because I have been looking for the track pants I would love to wear). Then the nude tulle dresses, and the nude silk dress with the bustier à la Charles James. Furthermore, the nude short full dress with stunning flowers stitched on the right side. And finally, my absolute favourite the black tulle dresses embroidered with the lace and black dress embellished with golden thread.
GOSSIP FROM BY THE RUNWAY
I’m sorry but nothing that happened by the runway is worth of mentioning. There was nothing like on Dany Atrache’s fashion show here (Ps. in case you missed my review of that show be sure to go here). Apart from the bunch of Asians jumping over the benches, there is truly nothing to gossip about but the dresses seen on the runway.
Honestly, I was too charmed by the dresses to see anything else in the crowded room. The dresses and the music simply hypnotised me. You can tell I was under Julien Fournié’s fashion spell the entire show as I couldn’t even record the proper videos.
Well, there was something I spotted before the show. Still, I don’t want to ruin your experience by sharing that gossip here. Read more gossip and my insights from my first Paris Haute Couture week, including from Julien Fournié Autumn Winter 2017-18 fashion show in the exclusive Haute Couture EDIT.
By the way, what is your favourite design from Julien Fournié Haute Couture Autumn Winter 2017-18 collection?
Photos © Yannis Vlamos