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Monday, June 30, 2014

Habitually Chic®: Hermès homme été 2015

I had the great pleasure of attending my first fashion show in Paris
Saturday night and I couldn't have started off with a better one than Hermès.
If it hadn't been raining, the Hermès homme été 2015 show would have
taken place in the jardin of le Cloitre des Cordeliers and looked like
the sketch above.  Since we haven't had rain in Paris for two weeks, we
can't really complain but it did necessitate the rearrangement of the
runway to under the covered walkway. Unlike shows in New York, they
serve champagne and smoke at fashion shows in Paris, although there is
the same general amount of pushing afterward. It was great to see people
I know and even better to see the magic that is Hermès up close. 
The run of show notes were luckily written in French and English and
describe this summer collection as "A manifesto of prints. Solar,
cavalier charm. Supple elegance." The colors or couleurs sound more interesting and exotic in French, blanc, calcaire (limestone), sable, chanvre (hemp), noir, eucalyptus, cumin, ardoise (slate), and potiron (pumpkin). 
While Hermès is
know for pattern in relation to it's signature scarves, it's not as
well known for pattern in its clothing, especially for men. Menswear
designer Véronique Nichanian decided that men are ready for both print
and color on the runway. Details included jackets made from spinnaker
canvas and even crocodile, sweaters were linen and cotton, shorts and
pants were printed cotton voile, and shoes were canvas slip on sneakers
or chic leather sandals. 
The collection was very casual yet because it's Hermès,
it still retained the elegance we come to know and expect from them.
They are also not as stodgy as we sometimes think either.  I loved the
drawings by Damien Florebert Cuypers that they posted on Instagram before the show. I thought it would be fun to mix them with the runway shots for a perfect pairing. 
Merci beaucoup Hermès !
Potiron = pumpkin
A bet a lot of fashion editors wished they could have this poncho early to brave the Paris rain this the last few days, 
This slate blue color is becoming one of my favorites in Paris.  It's also the color of the lingerie i just bought too. 
Hermès has me rethinking my attitude about mandals. 
Hermès menswear designer Véronique Nichanian in sketch...
...and in real life. 
After the final of the Hermès show, I looked back to see the models walking through the jardin with orange umbrellas.  Parfait
Runway images from, drawings from Hermès Instagram, and last photo by me. 

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