Stefania Bandiera, the latest designer to try her hand at Les Copains, got into the swing of things with an array of flaring jackets, tops and sweaters. They headlined a spring collection that skewed dressy, and occasionally felt tricky.
These loose and flaring tops varied in surface texture, from geometric patterns and jungle leaves that appeared as intarsia patterns on mesh knits all the way through to sparkly sequined jackets. Wide pants or flaring shorts finished off the looks.
There were sporty touches like drawstrings on cocooning evening popovers, and shirttails jutting out from jumpsuits bifurcated at the back.
Bandiera’s efforts to ignite the brand extended to an ambient scent concocted with Florentine perfumer Dr. Vranjes that wafted through the gilded salons of Palazzo Clerici.
The wife of Mario Bandiera, who launched Les Copains 60 years ago, she took over from Scottish designer Graeme Black, who logged one season at the house. Bandiera had previously been part of the design team.