Hermès Shows Off a Less Serious Side for Fall/Winter 2017

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With a collection that only focused on daywear and outerwear, Hermès showed a more playful side, but discreet luxury was still the main course.

In relaying the aesthetic of Hermès to the unititated, the phrase “discreet luxury” may feel like you’ve really hit the desriptive nail on the head, but to some, Hermès means a label that is too stuffy and serious. Creative Director Nadège Vanhée-Cybulski aims to change that association for Fall/Winter 2017, without sacrificing the heritage DNA of the brand. She did so by introducing a large array of wearable knits – done in a sort of après-ski aesthetic – and by bringing youthful attitude to the runway with knee-high combat boots and patchworked plaid looks.

Hermès Fall/Winter 2017
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Save for Hermès’ recent Spring/Summer 2017 presentation, the brand’s collections under Vanhée-Cybulski’s direction have been neutral in tone and replete with buttery soft leathers. This time, she kept the leather but replaced most of the neutrals with an enticing palette of jewel-toned knits, colorful paisley prints, and candy-colored furs. Out first were the après-ski looks, outfitted with knit caps, embroidered capes, quilted outerwear, plaid bottoms, and fitted turtlenecks. Paired with knee-high combat boots, these polished looks took on an edgier attitude. For example, a leather jacket paired with plaid trousers and leather brogues looked positively punk-y – a look we’d hardly believe was Hermès if it weren’t for all the leather. With a collection that only focused on daywear and outerwear, the brand took a chance showing a more playful side, but discreet luxury was still the main course. After all, no matter how accessible all of those plush knits and colorful dresses were, they still carry a hefty Hermès price tag.

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