It's safe to say Les Copains finally got its groove back.
In her second season as creative director, Stefania Bandiera, wife of the brand's owner, decided to wow the Asian buyers with a collection that spoke to the ladies of the East's powerful merchant class.
Wide-legged pantsuits made of paper-like silk, as well as peplum dresses crafted in elaborate tri-dimensional knits that recall Japanese origami, fed the image Bandiera sought to portray of the "contemporary geisha, who is an educated traveler, sophisticate and art lover."
Cherry blossom prints and embroidered floral jacquards were main protagonists in Bandiera's adaptation of "Madame Butterfly." Black bandeau tops, elastic belts and knee-high banded stiletto sandals infused the collection with just the right amount of "Kill Bill" femme fatale to wake the crowd up from their delightful zen garden slumber.
In the same vein, Bandiera really showed with this collection that she is also growing more confident and is taking possession of the brand's identity.
A welcome change, after Les Copains sailed without a captain for several seasons -- appearing at one point that it was lost at sea. Now we have finally seen the shore in the horizon...