Hermès AW2017 Women Collection is playful eclecticism that sets the womenswear into the present day. A sharp sensibility and elevated sophistication are crafted with contemporary ease. Precise techniques find modern applications, and familiar materials take unexpected forms; technical fabric puffers are lined with felted sheepskin, noble fabrics fastened with functional zips.
The leather aprons of Hermès’ craftsmen inspire dungaree dresses and waistcoats, their utilitarian style informing ultra-feminine shapes.
The drape of a classic horse blanket inspires a coat cut with modern proportion; the protective form of a greatcoat updated in chalk pink leather.
Here is a convergence of different stories and inspirations that, in dialogue, appear entirely unexpected.
The colours themselves appear in new dimensions: blond camel hair and silk knits are milled with amber, printed with rose baie and meticulously needle-punched with coloured cashmere to achieve new depth.
Silk scarf prints are extract printed, their colours deconstructed to reveal their formative components.
Psychedelic paisley prints on raspberry crepon are finished with rainbow guilloché mother-of-pearl buttons; coats are patchworked from anemone and mauve Béarn shearling. A natural palette of terroir is filtered through an impressionist lens; elegant minimalism injected with vibrating energy. These are clothes designed to be worn with pleasure and confidence.