julien_fournieHCS1031PARIS, Jan 28, 2010 / FW/ — Inspired by the sights and colors of Upper Provence during the height of summer, Julien Fournié continues to firm up codes that he had established for himself during his debut collection last July.

Sending ethereal silhouettes that emphasize the vulnerability of a woman and the fragility of beauty, Julien Fournié masterfully fashioned garments that focus on naivety than sexuality though he was showing a lot of skin.

Colors are soft and leaning on the sorbet shades of green and blue. “The colors are the burnt tones of Upper Provence in August,” explained Julien. “To achieve this, I had to personally dye some fabrics so that the colors will realize the natural tone and shade of a flower or wood that had been left out in the sun to dry.”

Hence, the colors are organic; the grays are derived from color of a dried lavender stem after the flowers had been cropped while the soft mint green are from the water of a river in Provence called Verdon.

If the colors are organic, the shapes are scientific. Fournié, who was in medical school before fashion took him to the lofty world of haute couture, was inspired by the works of famous French neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot.

One of the Dr. Charcot’s most enduring works was on hypnosis and hysteria. From the clinical portraits of women looking for the light, the patients were wearing “body shirts”. Retrofitting the 19th century French “body shirts” for the 21st century, Julien Fournié incorporated this feature to every look in the collection.

Forgoing jewellery, Julien replaced it with another work of art – painting! Continuing his collaboration with the painter Ambraude, Julien added orchids, bees, and even a snake among the hand painted prints in the collection.

And for a personal touch, Julien also painted his fetish number “9” on the back of a a see-through djellabah.

Photos by Pixel Formula (front) and Pascal-Ambroise Arnaud (back), courtesy of Julien Fournié

Julien Fournié Premier Eté Printemps-été 2010 haute couture
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