PARIS, Jul 8, 2009 / FW/ — Innovation, simplicity and details are what made Julien Fournié’s couture 2009 collection a stand-out in the sea of Swarovski, ruffles, and sequins seen elsewhere.
Instead, he stuck to a minimalist color palette of black and tan, and kept true with his no-fuss nature throughout, highlighting only major creative elements in each look. One such element was the silhouettes, which varied dramatically – testaments to the designer’s innovative prowess.
Chic asymetric gowns were preceded by kimono-like tops with impressive draping and folds, and the uber cool puff-ball black fur jacket. Smaller details included intricate black lace sleeves, bountiful layers of tiny pleated ruffles at the bottom of an otherwise simple gown, and hints of glinting black crystals underneath draping.
But it was the black mini that looked like pieced-together curls of reflective plastic paired with a sheer blouse that I loved most. The showing couldn’t have taken place in a better location- oh a pier with the Seine as a backdrop with grey skies and rain adding to the chilling futuristic urban feel of the collection.
It felt as though the models were survivors from a much more serious world in the future where melancholic stoicism dominated (the black color scheme and architectural silhouettes) but beauty remained a necessity. Ok, so maybe this is a stretch- but the models did don crystal covered band-aids on their faces.
Fournié was able to not only create a delicate yet powerful couture ensemble but also incited emotion within the lucky guests that attended the show, creating a beautifully haunting effect through his art.