operni has always given priority to the sun, to daylight, to clear and distinct ideas. But with the sun cometh the night. She shows the world differently—guiding us as always but also urging us into a new time; a time to welcome the unpredictable. Whether it’s mid- night or midday, the night is our window to see what is possible.
The Coperni La Nuit AW 2021 Show included filming of seventy participants departing from their homes in 35 electric cars. Each vehicle navigated through the streets of Paris before arriving in the great hall of the Accord Arena in Bercy, the 12th arrondissement of the City of Light. The cars and their passengers moved into the darkness of the empty hall—enough space for over 20,000 people in pre-Covid times.
The choreography took place after the vehicles moved into formation, becoming an integral part of the catwalk. The cars’ radios turned on and announced the start of filming. Each individual set of headlights lit up as the first model passed by, allowing participants to view the collection through their car window.
The Winter ‘21 collection is an exploration into the complexity and the mystery of night-time as we know it. Sometimes it’s pitch-black, sometimes dotted with stars, sometimes illuminated by the moon. The night is a time of celebration, of seduction, and of plunging into the unknown, as opposed to the nighttime of sleep, of resting our bodies, and allowing dreams to take over our mind and soul.
Frank and dynamic cuts on classic silhouettes let us glimpse the skin lying beneath. The shoulders are raised, the arms are slender, ready to enter into the darkness. Sensuality arises from a play on zipped draping. Second-skin mesh opposes the moving fringes.
Bags in the shape of a padlock suggest something locked away in the darkness. Maximalism forms lead us towards calmness, reconciliation, and time for ourselves. Softness protects the body and light becomes therapy. This night was an experience that will be remembered for decades!