Founded by Sebastien Meyer and Arnaud Vaillant, Coperni is now synonymous with viral moments, and this AW23 collection was no exception. The duo based their collection on Jean de La Fontaine’s fable The Wolf and the Lamb, exploring the complex relationship between fashion and technology.
The AW23 show was full of buzzy images, starting with a standoff between model Rianne Van Rompaey and one of Boston Dynamics’ robot dogs. The robots played a role in the collection’s interpretation of the moral from the fable: humans can collaborate with machines, rather than battle them for power.
Bella Hadid stole the show
Bella Hadid is one of the most famous models in the world, and she knows how to turn runway looks into a moment. She’s a fixture at fashion week, showing up for shows at the likes of Fendi and Givenchy, as well as buzzy brands founded in the 2010s.
When it comes to her style, the model has a knack for vintage-inspired pieces that always make headlines. She recently turned up for her sister Gigi’s birthday wearing an ultra-short pinstripe dress, which she paired with knee-high black Jimmy Choo x Mugler boots and a tiny Dior saddle bag.
The newest edition of ‘Look of the Week’ takes a look at the trendiest outfit from Paris Fashion Week, and it’s safe to say that Bella Hadid’s spray gun dress at Coperni Fall 2023 was the most viral moment of the show.
A slew of fashion fans was blown away by the moment, where Manel Torres, creator of Fabrican, spray-painted Hadid’s skin-toned underwear into a dress. With a few scientists on hand, it was a performance that blended science and fashion to create a look that would have left most jaws dropping in disbelief.
The spray gun moment
At last night’s Coperni Spring 2023 show at Paris Fashion Week, the French label used a sprayable, liquid fiber to paint a dress on model Bella Hadid. The experiment was a technicolor spectacle that drew parallels with Alexander McQueen’s Spring 1999 runway show where Shalom Harlow was sprayed by two robot arms.
But it was a different kind of performance. Coperni’s designers Sebastien Meyer and Arnaud Vaillant didn’t create the dress themselves, but instead molded it into its final form with a team of scientists working on the spray technology.
The technique was developed by Fabrican, a company that uses cotton or synthetic fibers in a polymer solution that evaporates once it touches the skin. The material is then able to be washed and reused, according to WWD’s Joelle Diderich. And it’s a sustainable alternative to other fabrics that use chemicals and dyes.
The structural silhouettes
For their AW23 show, Coperni founders Sebastien Meyer and Arnaud Vaillant pushed their creative boundaries to the next level. Inspired by Jean de la Fontaine’s fable The Wolf and the Lamb, they used technology to create an almost utopian vision for the future.
They began with black suiting that was shaped in the middle, and straight pants without lapels, which transitioned to classic shrugs, mock blanket coats in white or mint, and a range of wide-leg trousers. They also embraced the label’s ‘linear sensibility’ with architectural black dresses with undulating necklines and mini-dresses that were textured in scalloped patterns.
In the finale, models walked down the runway while being sprayed with a liquid that turned into a wearable fabric. The spray-on dress was a viral hit, and now Coperni’s designers have continued their exploration of the relationship between fashion and technology for Fall/Winter 2023.
The cargo trousers
Paris Fashion Week is an event that attracts thousands of fashion enthusiasts from around the world. The festival was first held in 1910 and has grown into a multi-day extravaganza that showcases the latest collections from the world’s most prestigious fashion houses.
Among the highlights, at Coperni Fall 2023, Paris Fashion Week Review was the brand’s theatrical performance featuring robot dogs and models. The brand’s AW23 show reimagined Jean de la Fontaine’s fable Le Loup et l’Agneau (the wolf and the lamb) with the robot dogs and model representing the lambs.
Designers Sebastien Meyer and Arnaud Vaillant sought to continue their exploration of the relationship between fashion and technology. This time they opted to feature Spot robots from American company Boston Dynamics that sat on parterre-like platforms that were stationed over models walking down the runway.
Throughout the show, models walked down the runway tucked into a range of looks that were both functional and stylish. Hoodies and moto jackets with a curved back felt on-trend against vinyl mini dresses, draped jersey maxi dresses, and asymmetric skirts made of a mix of materials that had a touch of 1970s nostalgia.