At the Paris Event Center, a maze of hemp grew in tall spindly stalks on the makeshift, sand-covered show space. The odor that filled the show space and its 70,000 of hemp from which the set was constructed were a tribute to nature, but also daydreaming and escapism, a common theme the Coperni designers Arnaud Vaillant and Sébastien Meyer, who are also partners in life, have explored this season.
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The duo of designers referred to their collection as “Spring/Summer 2033”, because “it’s about our hopes and dreams for the future – the last few months have been very difficult”, Meyer said.
The collection together with the focus on hemp that the brand described as a “balm for bodies and minds” was told through organic silhouettes and their foliage prints. Psychedelic motifs evoked an oddness through their patchworked graphics of the sun alongside a skull, the delicate layers of white shells that covered tiny skirts and bikini tops, the image of a woman meditating, or the silver-encrusted bodysuits and long skirts shimmered like exotic sea creatures. Cuts took a skater fit, loose and baggy but also revealing with tones of sensuality but nothing was overtly sexual.
“We always play with this idea of techno-chic for the Coperni girl, but we wanted to add a sunnier, beach-y vibe”, Vaillant said backstage. To wit, the brand introduced a new bag called the Origami, whose design was a nod to the iPhone’s photo app icon. (Steve Jobs’ daughter Eve made her runway debut here).
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