Les Copains RTW Fall 2016 Shoes

The mood: A modern Marlene Dietrich. The collection took cues from 1940s tailoring: sharp suits with lace camis, organza blouses with mensy trousers, sheer tuxedo shirts with off-the-shoulder wool sweaters. Its signature knits were reimagined for evening by styling a chunky turtleneck with layered tulle skirt.

Les Copains Fall 2016 Collection Shoes On The Runway
Les Copains RTW fall ’16 collection.
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The shoes: Sleek pointed pumps were given a modern spin with cylindrical Plexiglas heels. The style was done in black or nude satin, or a plaid wool — a nice tie-in to the brand’s knitwear roots. Subtle flourishes, like a leather fringe kiltie detail, elevated the product. The clear heel trend had more momentum last season but added some nowness to the collection’s retro-leaning aesthetic.

Les Copains Fall 2016 Collection Shoes On The Runway
Les Copains RTW fall ’16 collection.
CREDIT: Courtesy of brand.

The review: Given fashion’s tendency to look to the past, the brand at least attempted to reinvent itself in the now. The glitzy-fied sweaters, wether with paillettes or lace appliqués, showed some new direction and excitement. The wool jumpsuits or cableknit dresses fell flat. And the shoes could have been taken a tad further — why not create a cashmere heel with the same embellishment as the clothes? As an authority in all things knits, the opportunity was missed.

Les Copains Fall 2016 Collection Shoes On The Runway
Les Copains RTW fall ’16 collection.
CREDIT: Courtesy of brand.
Les Copains Fall 2016 Collection Shoes On The Runway
Les Copains RTW fall ’16 collection.
CREDIT: Courtesy of brand.

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