Véronique Nichanian's menswear collection for Hermès this season took her show to the city streets. But this is Hermès after all, so urban streetwear was off the table. Instead the designer produced pieces that looked perfect for a Parisian man strolling the avenues in the City of Light on a relaxing Sunday afternoon without a care in the world. And what is there to worry about if you are lucky enough to get to wear Hermès?
For those fortunate individuals, the house has on offer for next season an assortment of evergreen sartorial options that this time has a much more understated, even for this most stealth luxury brand, approach. The show was crafted in muted hues of navy, bronze, carbon, plume, gray and black which immediately gave the designs a more sober slant.
Everything about this collection felt traditional, from the gray plaid suits that opened the show through the sportier graphic pieces that saw subtle color blocking on trousers and shirts in diagrammatic color combinations.
The way Nichanian was able to give a rich Hermès elegance to those more urbanely inclined pieces were where this collection found its sweet spot. The beauty of a taupe perforated and embroidered sheepskin sweatshirt, the charm of a plum-hued hoodie that morphed from a quiet plaid front into a wool jersey back and the grace of a shaded glossy leather blouson jacket all proved that the designer is just as adept at bringing extreme luxury to the streets as she is to the boardroom.
It’s a talent that her Hermès customers have availed themselves of for more than twenty years. And this collection is proof that when it comes to refined attire, not matter the occasion, Nichanian has got her men covered.