At Hermès we said goodbye to the designer who revolutionized the brand, as Christophe Lemaire bid farewell to the storied house in order to focus on his own eponymous line of clothing. It is with heavy hearts that we bid adieu to the designer who revived Hermès with understated, elegant looks that issued a sophisticated dictum for the brand. His mark on the Parisian landscape will not soon be forgotten.
Instead of going out with a bang, Lemaire stuck to his signature subtlety, with minimalist designs that evoked the nomadic. Amid a retro renouveau on the runways, Hermès was conspicuously timeless, with restrained, elegant looks that were about as classic as they come. Pluck a garment from the Hermès Spring/Summer 2015 collection and place it at any point in history and you’ll be amazed at how it melds. Elongated tunics, trim trousers, and beautifully draped tops opened the show in a quiet palette of neutrals. Although simple in execution, there was stylistic excellence to be found in his long-sleeved tops fitted with scarf-like attachments that wound around the neck. Plissé skirts, shirt-dresses, and mannish blazers were instant wardrobe staples, as were his nubby knit cardigans and printed dresses. Long after Lemaire has gone, the clothes from his Spring/Summer 2015 will linger, leaving a lasting impression on everyday wardrobes the world over.
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