HERMÈS Winter 2019-2020: Classicism as a modern way of seeing life
Hermès -the most haute of haute leather goods companies in the world-might be thought of as the epitomy, being somehow the absolute code of finesse. Nadège Vanhee-Cybulski, who designs womenswear for the House, prefers to define Hermès as “classicism as a modern way of seeing life”-a philosophy that lifts the label’s modus operandi well clear of whatever trend enthusiasm might be galloping through fashion.
Its extraordinarily made clothes and accessories are tooled to last for generations, not to be tossed aside in the never-ending cycle of consumption- verifying that “vulgar wastefulness is the antithesis of posh.” More practically, the makings of Hermès’s variety of outerwear is what haute couture is to ball gowns. Consider the textured camel-hair cocoon coat with its Hermès-orange double-face lining, pyramid-shaped leather buttons, and a single pocket with a leather flap fastened with a utility D-ring. Branding, whether it’s simply a matter of triggering the use of Hermès orange or displaying the H logo in silver.