Tell a person that you make a living out of attending and reviewing catwalks and they invariably tell you how lucky you are, “the gift bags must be amazing.” Not so, few catwalks have them. Myth dispelled, sorry. But there is one thing that is greater than a gift bag to any writer – show notes. Show notes are the creme del a creme of cheat sheets. They walk you half way through a collection, giving you a firm understanding of the inception, the inspiration and the fabrics. No interpretation is thus necessary, only a keen eye and sound judgement.
Interpretation is guess work. Pure, unadulterated, guess work. Biased guess work formed of each writer’s pre-conceived notions and experiences. Hence what I saw in Julien Fournie’s autumn 2013 Haute Couture collection.
Queen Elizabeth. The red headed one.
Or perhaps the attractiveness of Natalie Portman hidden under layers of makeup as Queen Amidala in Star Wars.
Random? Potentially. But then I’m an avid consumer of all texts historical and a devourer of all things cinematic. Comparisons between catwalks and such passions are inevitable when show notes aren’t on hand.
But as random as those associations may seem, they’re hardly unwarranted. Each of Julien Fournie’s models took to his Parisian catwalk at a pace that you wouldn’t describe as slow in so much as you would describe it as regal. Chins up. Attitudes all purposeful.
Dresses and separates alike matched the poise. Collars high, looks were sculpted, almost hard edged, as if making a statement to separate the haves from the have nots. The blacks you could imagine donned by a neo-Gothic retelling of Queen Elizabeth, the round headpieces donned by a futuristic one. The most impressive, a gown that contrasted black and gold appliques with the air of shedding snake skin, might have even been that which a battle damaged Elizabeth wore at Tilbury. All were for the queen of a fledgling empire beginning its reach across the stars. Rule Britannia. Britannia rules the stars.
So that’s Julien Fournie Haute Couture autumn 2014 collection – one that sits somewhere between Elizabethan Tudorism and an Amidalian space symphony. Or at least, that’s Fournie’s collection as seen through the eyes of a man who has read many a historical text and sat through one too many overrated films.
You can see all of the Julien Fournie haute couture autumn 2013 runway collection by clicking on a thumbnail on the left. From there you can browse through each of the pictures from the fashion show.
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Photography by Imaxtree