The seventies era is one of the most enduring inspirations in fashion with its groundbreaking visual and cultural appeal. Fall 2015 has marked a bit of a comeback season for the seventies, with iconic looks being adapted and reinterpreted in a number of different directions. Yet, even with such a rich inspiration source, many of the offerings shown have been pretty uninspired re-workings of now decades old work. Its sad, but true.
One House that got it right though, was Les Copains. For Fall 2015, Le Copains’ new creative director Stefania Bandiera joined the seventies bandwagon and it was fabulous- in an Italian signora sort of way. With her first show, Ms. Bandiera gave a lesson on the way the right accessories can upgrade any outfit, by piling elaborately feminine trapeze shapes with layers of opulent jewels. Fabulous rhinestone earrings, blinding necklaces and Art Deco-inspired dragonfly brooches were heaped upon models with such excess that even the simplest looks were elevated to gala level evening wear.
Pinned on lapels or scattered around necklines, these jewels added a surreal, extravagant twist to a collection that was an eclectic mix of traditional vintage staples and streamlined minimalist looks. Tunic dresses, billowing trapeze blouses, high-waisted flared trousers, elongated skirts and long cardigans were paired with easy-to-wear mini-sweaters, cardigans and short trench-coats to wonderful effect. Cozy knitwear, cashmere and alpaca yarns in a variety of forms infused the collection with some much-needed warmth, while gorgeous satin argyle gowns and slouchy sequined looks added a pinch of modern luxe to the mix.
Overall it was a fabulous show, with ladylike looks that would appeal to women of any age. There are some fully styled looks that would last effortlessly from day to night and a world of breezy separates that would jazz up even the most mundane outfits. Glamourous argyle printed silk and those glitzy sequined looks would be showstoppers at any event- these are pieces with serious staying power.
However, I really didn’t like a series of head-to-toe floral looks. The psychedelic prints are a lot to handle- maybe if they had been applied with a lighter hand, these floral looks would have been a lot more dazzling. But, they really are the only hiccup in an otherwise impeccable show.
Les Copains Fall 2015 showing is one of the house’s most aesthetically pleasing collections to date… and certainly strikes a note with all lovers of refined vintage, ultra- feminine looks. As Mrs. Bandiera’s début collection it’s a solid offering and I think that we’ll be seeing a lot more of her. With its hint of glossy seventies chic, this was definitely a show with lots of commercial potential and one that I think will increase the House’s exposure to a wider worldwide audience.