Hermès designer Christophe Lemaire has a fascination with nomadic tribes. Their influence has been instrumental in setting forth the modern Hermès aesthetic, and a hint of the nomad should be considered a strong cornerstone of Lemaire’s trademark. For Fall/Winter 2014, he presented the executive nomad – an elegant woman who is well traveled, well cultured, and knows how to rock a loose ivory pantsuit under the most challenging of conditions. He outfitted her in softly draped separates, oversized cashmere coats, and loose maxis featuring an earthy folk print. For added dimension, there were knee-length leather vests lined with shearling, enormous zip-up cardigans (that work as a dress or a layering piece), velvet frocks, and long-haired fur coats. The relaxed silhouette and desert neutrals of his presentation served the luxe hippie looks well. Textures were so elegant that Lemaire even managed to make a crocodile maxi skirt move with the fluidity of a much softer fabric. The collection was handsome, inviting, and eminently desirable. If you prize comfort and elegant style in equal measure, Hermès encapsulates the best of both.
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