You know how Fashion has always raved on about how music inspires her and vice versa? Now here’s a fun question: What does Julien Fournié’s Fall/Winter 2012/13 Couture collection and David Bowie have in common?
Ziggy Stardust, of course. David Bowie’s glam-rock alter-ego of the 70’s that inspired an entire fashion movement. At least, that’s what I couldn’t stop thinking the moment the runway dimmed, the strobe lights hit the revolving mirrored-ball and Fournié’s opening model came prancing down in a colourful, eye-popping, bodysuit to Chic’s ‘I want your love’. Outrageous makeup, crazy hair, psychedelic outfits, check, check and check.
In reality, his latest collection is largely inspired by pop-culture, Japanese mangas and American superheroes. Fournié makes great use of organza, manipulating rhodoid and sheer fabrics in neon colours. With a strong focus on the sensuous silhouette of a woman who has a point of view and isn’t at all afraid to express it, his collection results in a chrome-coloured metallic gown, a fully-sequinned bright-orange and black tiger-striped skirt, voluminous sculptural neoprene dresses, and outfits just dripping with sequins, glitter, rhinestones and paillettes, all shimmering in the glare of the runway.
I think we’ve established that Julien Fournie is not your typical haute couturier. After a ten-year stint at fabled couture houses among which is Torrente Haute Couture where he was Creative Director, Fournié decided to cast out on his own and founded his eponymous label. With the technique and skills he honed during his stint, he brings the definition of couture forward with innovative spirit and edgy rebelliousness.
I stand in awe of an iconoclast.
Images: Fide Fashion Week