H Is for Heritage in Hermès FW19

H Is for Heritage in Hermès FW19

Hermès prizes classic elegance above all in their FW19 collection.

Hermès prizes classic elegance above all in their FW19 collection.

Text: Emma Li

This season, Hermès has stayed conservatively true to a timeless taste and philosophy. The French house’s newest pieces will continue to last throughout the ages, as seen with the vintage-inspired Hermes scarf design printed on silk tees. Nadège Vanhee-Cybulski’s newest collection revisits these familiar elements through a personal connection, namely the print she recalls from her mother’s Hermès scarf.

Vanhee-Cybulski’s disinterest of the spotlight and all that comes with it is evident in her approach. Season after season, Hermès continues to elevate itself as a brand that respects its own traditions rather than any given fashion trends of the time. Elegant and contemporary closet staples were revisited through sharp tailoring and an attention to details.

The show’s set was circled with perforated wooden walls with gold reflections peeking through, which established the tone that continued to play throughout the collection. A classic fall palette of earthy tones was a canvas for equestrian patterns and leather bands on the front and side of garments. David Bowie’s “The Stars (Are Out Tonight)” opened the show, forecasting the cosmic prints that also appeared on blouses. Three dimensional pyramid-shaped buttons, different colored seams, blouses folded back to reveal inner linings, and the signature Hermès orange appeared throughout the collection.

Vanhee-Cybulski’s specialization in leather was seen in her treatment of the material as a flexible fabric, nearly a textile, that composed dresses, pants, outwear, and virtually every other wearable piece. The leather handbags were clasped with silver hardware and the logo H letter, taking on black, brown, and red tones that complimented the overall palette.

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