Updated: Jul 5, 2019
Julien Fournié Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2019/20 PFW "First Spell".
Designer Fournié chooses the perfect setting to take us on a magical voyage for this seasons collection. Throughout the show viewers felt joy, intrigue, curious, mystery, delight and amazement.
In order to celebrate the occasion of the House’s tenth anniversary, Fournié décides to dedicate the designs to women who surpass and revolutionize the social codes made to restrain their gender. When any intellectual female or curer tried to take action to these societal barriers they were seen as evil for using so called Black Magic or witchcraft and immediately seized.
Hence, the inspiration for such a mythical enchanting spectacle. The show demonstrates that every design has a story along with the music in the background changing with every model playing her role. We see many characters from the Damsel in distress seeking for her way out of the fantasy land carrying her long dress in dark multi-toned sheer fabric, to the mysterious gothic lady only heard of in myths dressed in animal print and polka-dots with shades of black, gray, red covered in feathers.
We see dazzling witches in coat-dresses with finely structured padded shoulders made by the great French couturier. Button downed coats, long-gowns down to the ankles some in mystical mermaid shapes, ruffled shoulders with sublime details of lace, ribbons, gloves, bowties over high-neck collars, asymetrical closing on tops resembling exotic materials.
Marvelous fabric resembling leather flowing with every step on the runway. Accessories such as stunning feathered headpieces in vivid blue, floral embroidery on velvet, and the signature House’s cross-body bag.
Julien Fournié brings us back to our childhood memories of fantasy witch stories we once heard of and brings delight instead of fright. The collections finale ends extraordinarly as what reminds us of snow begins to slowly trickle down from the cieling. The creative Director dances off the runway with the last model wearing a magnificent white gown to reference the classic happy ending of a fairy tale.