Julien Fournié pays a Golden ode to Art with Fall Winter 2013 Couture

At Singapore Fashion Week 2013, French fashion designer Julien Fournié shows a haute couture collection gilded in bronzy gold, much like the shimmery dresses seen in Gustav Klimt’s symbolist paintings

The chimera of Greek mythology is a grotesque creature, one that is part lion, part goat and part serpent. But the idea of such an implausible beast has also served as creative fodder to many, including couture designer Julien Fournié.

Add Fournié’s professed Gustav Klimt inspiration to the mix and his resulting Fall Winter 2013 couture collection glimmers with a bronzy gold sheen on figure-hugging silhouettes.




Titled “Premières Chimères” (the first chimeras in French), the Julien Fournié Autumn Winter 2013 couture collection embraces the wildly bewitching possibilities of such human-animal hybrids.

Julien Fournié too opted to cloak the runway in semi-darkness; which made the metallic hues shimmer more as the models walked towards the spotlight.

The Klimt inspiration shone through (pardon the pun) like the flash of gold in a pan, as seen most prominently on Julien Fournié’s tight, clingy skirts and dresses that glittered in the darkness.


The Klimt inspiration shone through (pardon the pun) like the flash of gold in a pan, as seen most prominently on Julien Fournié’s tight, clingy skirts and dresses that glittered in the darkness.

The fashion designer also found an artistic affinity with both Klimt’s and Italian painter Amedeo Clemente Modigliani’s use of elongated female silhouettes. This lengthening effect of Fournié’s couture creations were brought out best through an Art Deco-style brocade print that was worn head-toe on a full length dress; in other looks, some of the shorter models on the runway struggled to keep their balance in the long gowns.

The element of the bestial was most blatant in the designer’s fur-heavy creations. One model tugged a long fur coat behind her that matched the “ravaged” leather skirt that she was wearing.


On the other couture looks, the undertones of the chimera came through via the reptilian-like scales on the bodices of gowns. Fournié’s chimera theme also added protruding, exaggerated shoulders and ruffled “fins”; parts that seem almost reptilian with their sharp edges.

High necklines kept the looks regal and the finalé bridal dress was still suitably covered in layers of tulle; a closer look at the material, however, and one could see steampunk-style gears printed on the skirts and bodice of the dress.

While the chimera theme may sound a little off-kilter, the resulting collection is more than wearable; the leanings of Art Deco-style brocade should also draw fans of Gatsby-esque glamour to Fournié’s couture frocks.

The Julien Fournié couture show took place on October 17, 2013 at Singapore Fashion Week 2013. 



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