Talk about La La Land: The show notes at Les Copains announced that its fall collection revolved around a woman who “exists between a dreamy world filled with stars and butterflies and the nightclubs where she lives out her fantasies.” It compared this fictional heroine to Alice in Wonderland or Dorothy in “The Wizard of Oz.”
It came as a surprise, therefore, that the display kicked off with a series of rather conservative looks in speckled gray tweed. Creative director Stefania Bandiera worked a faintly retro vibe with items including a bustier dress topped with a barely there, filmy black crop top.
She played with contrasting textures, working spider’s web mohair knits into featherlight dresses, or pairing a chunky cream ribbed sweater with a sheer nude wrap skirt embroidered with stars.
So what of these fantasy touches? They came in the shape of appliquéd butterflies, which looked like they had just alighted on the sleeve of an oversize satin parka, or a griffin embroidered on the front of a baggy black mohair sweater dress. The label’s signature crests, randomly applied on tops and skirts, felt forced by comparison.
The final look, meanwhile, was a pure flight of fancy fit for the Queen of Hearts — a floor-length scarlet cardigan covered with oversize roses.