Paris Fashion Week Coverage: Hermès Spring 2014 Collection

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Never heavy-handed and with a balanced sense of proportions and color, Hermès dazzles with one of Spring/Summer 2014’s most wearable collections.

Paris Fashion Week Coverage: Hermès Spring 2014 Collection

Christophe Lemaire tends to lean heavily on luxe and excess, but this season his pared-back offerings showcased a looser silhouette and a stripped-down aesthetic. With a lush tropical theme and the artistic works of Henri Rousseau acting as touchstones for the collection, Hermès muses on what the well-bred might wear on safari.

Lemaire proves himself capable of taking exotic inspiration in a fresh new direction – his sophisticated interpretation of “tropical” used a muted palette of jewel tones to convey the mood. The clothing was chic but pragmatic, like something a jetsetter would pack for a fortnight in Marrakech. Spring/Summer 2014 outerwear provided options for unpredictable weather with one particular emerald green leather trench stealing the spotlight for a moment. Lengths were modest and womanly – a design choice which looked absolutely inspired after Fashion Month’s parade of mini dresses and thigh-skimming hemlines. Lemaire worked with rich, supple fabrics to add agility to the presentation, while brightly-colored tulip, paisley, and carousel prints added lightness to the apparel. Handsome suits in relaxed fits stepped lightly into languid luxe territory, while monochrome tunics, reptile skin culottes, and midi-length dresses were commercial standouts but nonetheless compelling. Never heavy-handed and with a balanced sense of proportions and color, Hermès dazzles with one of Spring/Summer 2014’s most wearable collections.

Photos: Courtesy of GoRunway

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