Julien Fournie Couture Fall 2012 at Paris

PARIS – Perhaps the gowns, bustiers, and dresses at the Julien Fournie collection during Paris Couture Fashion Week weren’t as dressy or intricate as some of the other collections of that week–say elegant Valentino or beaded Elie Saab. What this Fall/Winter 2012-2013 collection did have was something that we have yet to see elsewhere during the week. The use of neoprene. These neoprene body con dresses clung to the body in a way that only a scuba diver might understand, but their intricacies didn’t stop there as the designer focused on elements that slimmed, enhanced, or embellished, along the sides, along the hems, or down the plunging necklaces. Zippers and plastic were also seen often here. Inventive and creative to say the least, with unique textures and designs that drew the crowd.