Fittingly to close out Paris Fashion Week the storied French label Hermès took its turn on the fashion world’s center stage, a stage that the house set up inside the Orangerie of the idyllic Jardin du Luxembourg.
There designer Christophe Lemaire crafted a collection of languid luxury. The fresh faced models appeared out of the rich green foliage as if they simply had become the sartorial embodiment of their lush plant life surroundings. This was particularly the case for a number of outfits Lemarie cut in plant and flower motif prints. But also in the overall color palette, which featured shades of green from forest to emerald and dried leaf browns as well as rich soil black and creamy whites.
There was much to crave in this show. The voluminous trench coat, some knee length crocodile shorts, a suede caftan with a feather light embroidery at the neckline and an easy brown linen suit topping the list. All of them would make beautiful, if subtle, additions to any woman’s wardrobe.
But it was right at the end of the show, when the designer started to explore some different textile blends in a wrap front skirt and a shift dress that moved from linen to cotton, that this collection looked as if it might just be elevated from the sublime yet staid to something a bit more intrepid.
Those pieces would make a good starting point for the next collection. But until then, Hermès enthusiasts will be more then content with tranquil clothing Lemaire is proffering for next season.