HER­MÈS

Harper's Bazaar (Singapore) - - THE COLLECTIONS -

The brief for any de­signer helm­ing Her­mès must read like this: Cre­ate func­tional and time­less wardrobe pieces that in­te­grate into, and hon­our, the lives of women wear­ing them.The reins of the French In­sti­tu­tion with an eques­trian her­itage is now in the hands of Nadège Van­hée-Cy­bul­ski, but past de­sign­ers who have taken up the man­tle in­clude the elu­sive Mar­tin Margiela, who is of­ten re­garded as hav­ing set the prece­dent at the lux­ury goods pow­er­house; and Jean Paul Gaultier, whose ef­forts were the­matic if slightly sub­ver­sive. Since her ap­point­ment, Van­hée-Cy­bul­ski is hold­ing court with a string of col­lec­tions that epit­o­mise a sense of ease, and for spring/sum­mer 2018, it was busi­ness as usual for her. It was a wardrobe full of pieces built to last: Im­pec­ca­bly tai­lored pantsuits, smocks, knit­ted striped dresses— even a leather pon­cho—made their rounds on the cat­walk, strength­en­ing the mes­sage of re­strained lux­ury at Her­mès.

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