At the first “Drive-In” Catwalk ever produced for Paris Fashion Week, Coperni debut their Autumn/Winter 2021 Collection at the Accord Arena in Bercy, the 12th arrondissement of the City of Light. For the event, 70x participants departed from their homes in 35x electric cars and navigated through the streets of Paris before arriving in the great hall.
The cars and their passengers moved into the darkness of the empty hall that typically would be enough space for over 20,000 attendees. The choreography took place after the vehicles have move into formation, becoming an integral part of the catwalk.
Each individual set of headlights lite up as the first model passed by, allowing participants to view the collection through their car windows.
The Coperni Autumn/ Winter 21 collection is an exploration into the complexity and the mystery of nighttime as we know it: sometimes pitch-black, sometimes dotted with stars, sometimes illuminated by the moon.
The night-time of celebration, of seduction and of plunging into the unknown is opposed to the nighttime of sleep, of resting our bodies and allowing dreams to take over our mind and our soul.
Frank and dynamic cuts on classic silhouettes let us glimpse the skin lying beneath. The shoulders are raised, the arms are slender – ready to enter into the darkness. Sensuality arises from a play on zipped draping.
The collection had a drastic play on dark and light with hints of neon that popped in front of illumination of the car’s headlights in the dark of the night.
Second-skin mesh opposes the moving fringes. Bags in the shape of a padlock suggest something locked away in darkness.
Minimalized forms lead us towards calmness, reconciliation and time for ourselves. Softness protects the body and light becomes therapy.
Coperni is a Parisian ready-to-wear and accessories brand designed by Sébastien Meyer and Arnaud Vaillant, established in 2013. Experience in the studios of Balenciaga and Chanel infuses a thorough knowledge of embroidery techniques through their work, streamlined with a linear sensibility that marries exhaustive origami-like technique with a neat, ‘sportif’ silhouette.
Source: Coperni, Paris Fashion Week