Kha My Van with Julien Fournie (1)Kha My Van, the first runner-up of Vietnam’s Next Top Model 2012, (season 3), will be the first Vietnamese model to walk the runway on Paris during the world’s most prestigious fashion shows at Paris Haute Couture Week.

The historic day will be on Tuesday, July the 7th, inside the Oratoire du Louvre, a 17th century protestant temple in the historic centre of Paris, will take place at 04 :00 p.m. during the Julien Fournié runway show as part of the official calendar of Haute Couture.

Haute couture’s rising star Julien Fournié, creative director of his own fashion house made the announcement after casting Kha My Van.

“I have selected Kha My Van for my show with no doubt at all. She will be fantastic on the runway. Her walk is so sure and determined. But also her face is so strong. I have seldom met a model who has all these qualities. This is the reason why…. She will wear the opening number in my show for the fall-winter season entitled First Night,” said Fournié

Kha My Van with Julien Fournie (5)Among a set of models coming –from Canada, Russia, Sudan, Romania, China, Ukraine, Serbia, the Czech Republic, the United States, Brazil, the Vietnamese supermodel will take the lead both at the beginning of the runway for the opening number and for the finale of the show.

Jean Paul Cauvin, respected French fashion pundit and who was one of the judges of “Project Runway Vietnam” in 2014 saw Kha My Van on the Ho-Chi-Minh City catwalk during the Vietnam International fashion week last November 2014.

Impressed with Kha’s work on the runway, Cauvin commented, “I am so thankful to Paris-based model agency Slides and to Be U Models in Vietnam for bringing Kha MY Van to France. She has an extremely powerful face and I am quite certain that opening the Julien Fournié show will be a decisive footstep in her budding international career.”

The model herself cannot believe what is happening to her. “After working in Milan, now I am in Paris, and doing castings for Haute Couture shows. I could not imagine the precision, the extreme professionalization I have met here in these past days. Every piece of garment is measured and made to the millimeter. Hairdressers and make-up artists also constantly work with such craftsmanship and creativity! Not to mention fashion designers and, particularly couturiers who make the outfits to the exact measurements of the models.”

As a celebration of their future collaboration and of this historic moment, Julien Fournié and Kha My Van have decided together to pose in front of the camera of photographer Marion Leflour to give a preview of Julien Fournié Fall 2015 collection which will be unveiled on the runway at 4:00 PM on Tuesday, July 7, 2015 as part of Paris Haute Couture Week

The photos were shot under the Bir-Hakeim bridge , on the river Seine at night ,just across the Eiffel tower on the left bank of the river.

Photos by Marion Leflour, courtesy of Julien Fournié