Hermès Reminds Us What Fashion Is Really All About
Hermès always makes for a fitting end to a frenetic month of fashion. The last key show of Paris Fashion Week, it focuses not on the fast-paced nature of the industry but instead slows us down by reminding us of the true traits that define timeless style. To that end, you won't find a single gimmick or any new fad on designer Christophe Lemaire's runway for Autumn/Winter 2014 – this collection was all about beautiful, well-made clothes. Using the house's trademark essentials – fur, leather, and crocodile – this offering was discreet in every way, from the neutral colour palette of tans and grays to the clean lines of oversize coats and tailored pants. Save for a few printed dresses in lighter-than-air silk, the pieces all carried a luxe weight to them . . . although simple in construction, they were clearly substantial. And that's no passing trend.