It’s a pleasant surprise to see Nadège Vahee-Cybulski stepping out of her comfort zone for Hermès’ spring-summer 2017 collection.
After a good two years at the creative helm of Hermès, Vahee-Cybulski has updated the somber, ultra-subtly luxurious Hermès wardrobe with painstakingly crafted details and a palette of bright colours – think different shades of pink, from fuchsia to magenta and dusty pink mixed with a hint of imperial yellow and emerald.
The venue’s white panels and carpet set a perfect clean canvas for the colourful spring collection.
A fuchsia sailor dress with a smocked waist, matched with a beige bridle leather belt and perforated slingback shoes in white, opened the show.
This silhouette is seen throughout the collection, executed in a variety of leather rendering too.
The exquisite details that are true to Hermès’ roots were evident. Leather was cut into tiers of fringes adorning jackets and dresses. A summer coat assembled with panels tied by hand-made bows in mercerised cotton illustrates the brand’s strong artisanal skills.
The house’s signature scarf prints, such as Cavalcadour fantome, were rendered in subtle tone-on-tone velvet thread embroidery on classic styles such as a kimono coat, or in a more toned down version of cotton poplin shirts.
Chained boxy bags called Cinetic d’Hermès made their debut on the runway – available in statement style such as fuschia alligator skin or as an everyday classic in indigo calfskin – adding to the house’s coveted new “it” bags.
The show saw Vahee-Cybulski break away from the past few seasons’ minimalistic approach but she didn’t fall far from her Hermès vision which celebrates subtly luxurious details, sporty elements and the house’s know-how and artisanal skills.
The collection continues to speak to and resonate with the brand’s sophisticated clientele who don’t find it necessary to flaunt their wealth or taste.