Despite starting 45 minutes behind schedule in a typically French manor, Julien Fornie managed to get back into my good books pretty quickly after the show finally began.
Opening with a sequinned paired outfit, the show went on, evolving, to include expertly draped dresses, deconstructed jumpsuits and V-necked ball gowns, all with subtle ethnic twist demonstrated in accessories.
Contrasting colour schemes using aqua marine, oxblood, terracotta, silver and golds and a mixture of luxury fabrics: silks, leathers and chiffons gave the whole show a feeling of elegance and a real sense of haute couture.
The construction of this collection is nothing less than we would expect from Julien, the highly constructed silhouette leading to expertly draped trains and sleeves complimented the structured necklaces and body cage like accessories to give an ethereal look. Often with trains they can be left looking clunky or ‘bolted on’, which Fournie managed to avoid this season by seamlessly combining the slim fitting shape of the garment with the long trains that followed.
Trends are already emerging for both Spring/Summer and Autumn/Winter 2015: terracotta brown has been seen at Stephane Rolland and V-necked gowns with a strong mesh have been spotted at Yanina, Rolland and Fornie alike.