Hermès Spring 2017 - Runway Review
October 3, 2016
“Quiet luxury” has long been the mantra at Hermès—ever more so under the guidance of women’s creative director Nadège Vanhee-Cybulski. Tasteful, timeless and unabashedly luxurious, the collections riff on the house codes of leather, scarves, equestrianism and French savoir faire.
For spring, Vanhee-Cybulski went surprisingly spare but thoroughly modern. Set in a near-vacant room sectioned by corridors shrouded by white curtains, the intimate, if somewhat clinical, backdrop offered an unfettered view of the workwear and sportif classics whose focus was pure fashion—with plenty of ’80s shoulder.
From bright looks in fuchsia to a windowpane plaid men’s shirt in light green tucked into extrawide khakis, it was a true working woman’s wardrobe—done ever elegantly and with the discerning clientele in mind. The shirts with diagonal zippered pockets were user-friendly, as were the pink and slate separates and jumpsuits and patchworked leather, coats, dresses and tops. A finale of flowing apron gowns with racer-backs and ruffled panels provided just the necessary dose of French establishment.