Path of Glory

Path of Glory

Bertrand Blier, a French film director, once famously said that fashion is no longer a dream, but a job that has changed people’s lives. Fashion designers Johanna Senyk, Simon Porte Jacquemus, Bruno Sialelli, Arnaud Vaillant and Sebastien Meyer have just proved that right when they put up a great show this year for the Coperni Fall 2019. These talents, less than 35 years old, form a large creative family, which creates nothing but a masterpiece. 

At the event, Jacquemus took the opportunity to replay La Nuit Américain (the American night), with the setup of a provincial village which was more real than life. His show was about clothes that revolve around this theme. Marine Serre, a French fashion designer, entered in the commando mode with the undergrounds of Issy-Les-Moulineaux, one of the frontiers of Paris. Wanda Nylon also presented the Autumn-Winter 2019/20 collection of Françoise, her new brand. The show helped Arnaud Vaillant and Sébastien Meyer to revive their brand which was lost since 2015. 

Like the world around, today’s fashion can also be distinguished between two tribes, the optimists and the pessimists. As in literature, there were the Ancients and the Moderns, in music Debussy and Ravel, in fashion there is Utopia and Dystopia. The optimists are said to be the utopians, for their visionary and perfect creations. On the contrary are, the pessimists—a term referring to dystopia fashion. This type of fashion is majorly influenced by the electronics and high-tech industries and is known for its technologically advanced creations. Traces of both were seen during Coperni Fall 2019.

Between Utopia and alternative reality, it is the myth of creativity that transforms and transports in people’s mind. “People are inspired by real or imagined journeys. We rely on concrete things, all around us and on many technologies too,” explains Arnaud Vaillant. At Coperni, practicality bounced back to fashion, after Arnaud’s and Sébastien’s come back. They spent two years at Courrèges, whose designs are known for futurism and modernism. Now, the duo envision their work as part of an industry and not an escape machine.

After all, it is true, why be content to intellectualise fashion when we can also make it irresistible? Paris cultivates this sacred fire in the hearts of the new French generation who is inspired by fashion.

Chitman Kanwar Ahuja

Chitman Kanwar Ahuja is a feature writer at L'Officiel India. She is a silver jewellery hoarder and an aesthete of all arts. You can find her unraveling new stories day in and day out.