Let’s start at the end, when a plane touched down on the tarmac as the models lined up for the Hermès catwalk finale. It provided a perfectly timed end to the show, held in a hangar at a private airport outside Paris. The label is a favourite with the private jet set, so the optics ring true.
You come to Hermès for unparalleled craft and quality and there was plenty of that on show in this collection. The definition of luxury at Hermès is something beautifully made that works beautifully. Everything is fit for purpose. Function is a key aspect. Nadège Vanhee-Cybulski uses the house’s signature leather and equestrian heritage to craft a wardrobe of eminently practical but awesomely good-looking pieces. If you are going to wear a pair of leather dungarees, make them Hermès. Ditto, if the comfort of a crop top and matching paper bag waisted, leather track pants appeals. If you care about the perfect proportions of an apparently simple tunic dress, you’ve come to the right place.
Butter or orange coats and mini-skirts pieces were made from geometric mosaics of leather, bonded onto gauze to make them lighter and more breezy than ever. After the frenzy over last season’s cult clogs, Vanhee-Cybulski served up barrel-shaped mini-bags with horse bit handles and crepe-soled gladiator sandals. Add the warm, sun-kissed palette, and tactile fabrics, and Hermès is the ultimate fashion ‘happy place’.
Photography courtesy of Hermès.