Sunday, June 27, 2010

Hermés - Spring 2011 - Review

There is something irritating about watching all of the spring menswear shows walk the runway in the summer, a year before any of the clothing will ever become available. This predicament becomes truly frustrating after viewing the Hermés collection. Though I will probably never own anything from the Hermés ready-to-wear collection in this lifetime, I can still appreciate the quality of materials and design that goes into creating a collection so effortlessly beautiful.

Every single model walked the runway looking like they had arrived ten minutes before the show, ran their fingers through their hair, got dressed, rolled up their sleeves, and stepped out. It's hard to look that good all time time, but Veronique Nichanian is able to produce over 40 different outfits, all with the same relaxed qualities, ensuring that the Hermés man will look always look this good.

Supple suedes and leathers are used in shirts, jackets, and pants to create a luxe feel, while cottons and linens ground the collection that is equal parts luxurious and simplistic. A waffle knit cardigan, appearing in both cream and military green, is one of my favorites. Double breasted blazers are dressed up and down and a zipper on a collared shirt is a functional and stylish alternative to buttons. Though their is a bright teal that appears a little shocking amongst the calm color palette, it does bring a needed jolt to the runway, despite the fact it is not very wearable.

Ms. Nichanian has designed a winning collection of luxe ready-to-wear. That same relaxed elegance that was so prominent in the Bottega Veneta collection a few weeks ago in Milan is also the main idea at Hermés. After another menswear season of crazy trends, it's nice to see some houses go back to the basics.

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