Back to the future with barely-there summer styling
The hedonistic isle of Ibiza was the location imagined by Coperni co-founders Sébastien Meyer and Arnaud Vaillant for the Parisian brand’s SS22 collection, curiously entitled Spring Summer 2033 to reflect their “hopes and dreams for the future. The industry is a nightmare now. But we want to escape and have fun,” says the duo.
And the future feels good, featuring slinky slips, neon-bright crop-tops, bras made from Indian seashells, and sheer sequin cover-ups to dance the Balearic nights away, with the Swipe bag as the accessory to be clutching. Nods back to the rave crazy 90s are evident: in the itsy-bitsy hemlines; the low-rise cargo pants; the wedge sandals; and a print collage featuring images of Felix the Cat, the Yin/ Yang sign, alien faces and Beavis and Butt-Head.
The playful tone hasn’t gone unnoticed, with Coperni’s starry fanbase - Bella Hadid, Dua Lipa, Hailey Bieber, Olivia Rodrigo - extending to a pregnant Rihanna who appeared in a custom variation of the SS22 crop top and sequin maxi-skirt. “It was an absolute dream,” said Arnaud Vaillant of the exposure. “There were lots of different communities behind Rihanna as she was pregnant, so it was a beautiful situation.”
Despite the hype, Sébastien and Arnaud, partners in and outside of work, are building the brand gradually. Coperni originally launched in 2013, but was put on the backburner until 2017, while the pair designed for Courrèges. Prior to that, Arnaud had worked at Chanel and under Nicholas Ghesquière at Balenciaga, where he learnt from the master of future nostalgia style.