Les Copains Fall 2015

Les Copains F/w 2015. Image INDIGITALIMAGES

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.

Les Copains F/w 2015. Image INDIGITALIMAGES

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.

Les Copains F/w 2015. Image INDIGITALIMAGES

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.

Les Copains F/w 2015. Image INDIGITALIMAGES

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.

Les Copains F/w 2015. Image INDIGITALIMAGES

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 F/w 2015. Image INDIGITALIMAGES

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.

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