Agent Hermes: the messenger of covert chic.
If fashion was a top secret world wide government agency I’m pretty sure the men would be wearing Hermes. The collection was very monochromatic, which gave Veronique Nichanian plenty of opportunity to play with design details such as fit and even fabric choices. The silhouettes of the suits were well done for menswear. They weren’t to streamlined yet there weren’t to loose. Could she have focused more on that yes, but to each is own, correct. The tailoring of the overcoats however I thought was very sharp. They look as if the fine tipped pencil they had been draw with brought them actual life, so I will applaud her on that.
With having an monochromatic collection you also have to let the fabric speak as well, because the colors aren’t really help in telling the story of what you want us to envision for fall. The gray wool was a nice choice, because it’s as strong as black, but sometimes black looses its translation as trying to come off as a dynamic color. I also felt that because she leaned toward gray that collection overall came out a lot better. Versus is she chose navy which would’ve thrown everything off. If she went with lighter neutral then the collection might have turned out disastrous. so by her choosing those fabrics in gray I think it translated alot better.
One thing I did like and give the collection some spice was the use of leather. The leather trenches, the alligator pants, and the leather suits were so sharp. There great pieces you can mix and match, and I felt like alligator leather has got the justice it deserves. Typically I feel that alligator leather is done wrong or doesn’t come off right, but knowing Hermes I knew they would find a way to make alligator leather tougher than leather.