ATOP the towering Tour Montparnasse – the tallest building in Paris – Coperni held the first physical show of Paris Fashion Week.

With seats socially-distanced a metre apart, creative directors Arnaud Vaillant and Sébastien Meyer, whose past collections have delved into the field of technology, welcomed guests onto the roof of the 690-foot-high skyscraper for an unforgettable experience in real life.

Showcasing both men’s and womenswear, the forward-looking designers, who spent two years at Courrèges, whose founder Andre Courrèges took Space-Age futurism global in the 1960s, showcased a tech-focused lineup with futuristic silhouettes and body-hugging fabrics.

Splashed in lively shades of white, mint-green, arctic-blue and grape, women’s looks spanned from cropped tweed skirt suits and biker leggings to window pane-print trousers and asymmetric midi dresses with zip-detailing at the bust. Tailoring was relaxed and came sculpted from a technical jersey fabric that boasts antibacterial, moisturising and UV protective properties. The label’s It Bag, the Swipe leather baguette, accompanied the Coperni woman in updated shades of ivory and carrot-orange.

The few men’s pieces that appeared were equally as precise – crisp open shirts, tight white vests and pleated trousers, all given some extra oomph with a surprising tech-twist.

Clean, understated and uber-cool, this season further verified what the duo of designers do best. Striking the perfect balance of freshness and wearability, with a thread of Space-Age utopia run throughout, SS21 is bound to attract new interest while proving a hit with the resurgent brand’s ever-growing cult following.

by Joshua Hendren

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