Fall 2011 RTW: Hermès

7 Mar

Many were quite anxious for Christopher Lemaire’s début collection for Hermès. Coming from Lacoste, the preppy-polo influence made absolutely no appearance in Hermès fall collection. Personally, I think that he did a phenomenal job. He did not play it safe and stick too close to the traditional Hermès style — there was little to no equestrian themes in the entire collection. He did keep things very simple though and used leather to salute the heritage of the brand. This was literally, delicious. The comfortable pieces were so chic — like the blanket cover-up? So fabulous. The slight leather designs within the simpler looks was phenomenal. He used prints and patterns in a way that past collections have veered away from. He used leather in a much more delicate way than is often seen — the last look I selected, the all black leather one, does not look like it is all leather. It is gentle and feminine and not severe and domineering. It’s beautiful. I love how last seasons collection hailed the equestrian past by literally bringing horses and hay on the runway, Lemaire was comfortable and confident to experiment and bring a really wonderful collection.

Credit: vogue/style.com

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