JULIEN FOURNIE: RETURN TO SENSE
By Marcellous L. Jones
Photos Courtesy of Julien Fournié
Paris, France – One cannot imagine what passes through the mind of a designer. It is impossible to accurately pinpoint what serves as the basis for the start of what will become a couture collection. But with know that with Julien Fournié, it’s best to keep as open as mind as possible when arriving for a show.
This season couturier seems to have taken a keen return to sense. His work in the collection appears to be as fine as any one will see during the haute couture show season. Well thought out and balanced, he provides a fine narrative for Fall Winter 2014.
He gets off to the perfect start with a beautiful black cocktail dress in crepe and then a second one with a hot pink belt. Volume enters the collection with the arrival of a skirt in black. It is finished with a large hot pink band at the bottom. The look is completed with a matching coat that is worn open. From there a cocktail look in introduced.
The fuchsia gown with the wallet elements is STUNNING! It is only matched by the elegance of the full body gown in blue with purple undertone. The sleeves are long and the waist is covered with a black band that serves to accentuate more the sensuality of the hips.
Year ago one could easily reproach Fournie’s lack of interest in his suit elements. No such complaints can be said of his current work. We see a truly gracious silhouette of a long, flowing, full skirt in beige with black print. It is finished with a superbly tailored jacket. The work on the shoulders is flawless!
One rarely sees a designer who is willing to take so many chances as Fournié, for better or for worse. Consequently this collection is the work upon which he should build his future DNA. Also he must make efforts to stay as far away from the eccentric ideas that have not been to his benefit in the past.
If he manages to do this and continue to create work what we are seeing in his Fall Winter 2014/15, then one can only expect him to one day be admitted into the circle of grand couturiers.