It Was Raining Inside Hermès, But the Forecast for the Luxury House Is Sunny | Savoir Flair
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It Was Raining Inside Hermès, But the Forecast for the Luxury House Is Sunny
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by Grace Gordon 3-minute read March 3, 2024

We spy no gloomy skies ahead for this well-positioned luxury brand. 

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It’s been raining off and on all week in Paris. 

In a masterstroke of atmospheric genius, Hermès, under the watchful guidance of Creative Director Nadège Vanhee-Cybulski, transformed a dreary, rain-soaked day into a spectacle of elegance and minimalism within the confines of La Garde Républicaine. Her Fall/Winter 2024 presentation, set against the rhythmic patter of an indoor downpour, unfolded a collection that whispered of the house's deep-seated love affair with leather, marrying simplicity with luxury in a manner only Hermès can.

As the models navigated the runway, enveloped in an array of monochromatic pieces that bloomed from rich burgundy to the softest pastels and then to a decisive all-black, the collection spoke volumes of the brand's nuanced exploration of color and texture. Leather, the maison's hallmark, wove through the lineup in a symphony with knits and fur, presenting a tactile feast across a spectrum of jackets, pants, and skirts. The legendary Kelly and Birkin bags made their expected appearance, accompanied by an array of accessories that underscored the Hermès woman's preparedness — with an air of unmistakable chic — for life's every moment.

The show’s narrative of 'The Rider' portrayed an urban warrior undaunted by the elements, whether on a bike or horseback. Hermès posits luxury as not merely an aesthetic but a functional armor against the elements. Vanhee-Cybulski's vision of the Hermès woman this season is one of resilience and elegance, with leather ensembles tailored to accentuate and empower. Studded details lent a touch of rebellious sophistication, and outerwear blended functionality with unmistakable style.

Against the backdrop of Paris' persistent rainfall, Hermès' demonstration of water-resilient leather goods not only showcased its unparalleled craftsmanship but also a keen sense of practical luxury. The collection, with its blend of dignified minimalism and urban resilience, alongside Hermès' savvy market positioning with a planned price increase, illustrates a brand at the zenith of its powers, effortlessly bridging the divide between the ethereal and the everyday.

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The collection, with its blend of dignified minimalism and urban resilience, alongside Hermès' savvy market positioning with a planned price increase, illustrates a brand at the ZENITH of its POWERS.

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