Julien Fournié Haute Couture Fall 2011: Urban Couture

PARIS, Jul 13, 2011 / FW/ — With a clear understanding of urban culture, Julien Fournié proposed an edgy haute couture collection that challenges the status quo.

To many, the term haute couture still brings images of ball gowns, red carpet dressing and museum pieces. And we often love them, praising them and wistfully wishing that we own one to wear for a special occasion.

But, Julien Fournié has a different idea. For his Fall 2011 haute couture collection that is almost utilitarian with its urban influences, the French designer proposes that haute couture dresses be an inherent part of your wardrobe, i.e. it is something that a woman will wear everyday and thus vanishing ready-to-wear from her wardrobe.

Wistful thinking? Perhaps not! Until the early 1970s, made-to-measure clothes is the way to go. Almost everyone has a seamstress. And you know what? During that time, haute couture was at its height.

We cannot turn back the clock, but we can continue to honor tradition and that is what Julien Fournié is proposing. Ready-to-wear might be here to stay, but haute couture has its place in the sun and it will never go away either!

[MARI DAVIS]
Photos by Pixel Formula, courtesy of Julien Fournié

Paris Haute Couture Fall 2011