Julien Fournié Conceptualizes His First Awakening Collection
An official member of the very selective Haute Couture Federation, Julien Fournié is one of the most gifted storytellers. Not only are all his outfits deeply anchored in his fashion narrative, but they also clearly showcase his vision of modern “heroines”. The new SS 2018 collection expresses femininity and reverie as well as confidence and strength.
During his shows, Julien Fournié likes to take his audience on a journey. In his SS 2018 First Awakening collection, the Parisian couturier mixes his passion for 50’s fashion style with traditional influences from the Far East. Once again, he creates a genuinely new aesthetic, combining his style identity with modern fashion and traditional couture craft. The result is stunning. Applying subtly elements of Japanese or Chinese traditional costume codes, Julien Fournié designs a wardrobe offering beautiful blouses and silky tops, paired either with midi-length or ankle-length skirts or trousers. Highly feminine tailored jackets as well as a double-breasted blazer are another elegant option in the sophisticated daywear section. As for the impressive variety of extraordinary couture dresses, they simply exemplify the expert craftmanship of his couture ateliers.
Not only does each of the outfits express an original idea of Julien’s sartorial tale, but every single look emphasizes the creative process of this super talented couturier: 1950’s shapes are vamped up with antique jacquards and brocades, reinterpreted from Far Eastern textile heritage; polka dots patterns ornate Asian belts; dresses are amplified on the sides with floating fabrics in a kimono-like attitude. A few gowns are reshaped/decorated with sumptuous obi belts which become perfect and very versatile accessories to enhance a woman’s waistline and sculpt the bodyline. This is certainly one of Julien’s style secrets: he understands and knows how to magnify his clientele of worldly fashionistas who are looking for a stylish way to reinvent themselves and with fashion.
To express the idea of the soft “Awakening” that shimmers through the whole collection, Julien avoids black and instead favors a color palette made of powdery tones, soft pink and bamboo, alongside his beloved dramatic red tone or the mysterious midnight blue, beautifully sparkling with gold. Undeniably, the Parisian couturier is celebrating a new elegance expressing his vision of a strong and highly magnetic woman.