From New York to Paris Then Shanghai, Hermès Goes Globe-Trotting
At a time when the physicality of distance is more pronounced than ever, Nadège Vanhee-Cybulski bridges the gap with a collection that traverses the globe through the universal medium of dance.| March 9, 2021
Extraordinary times call for extraordinary solutions. In the time of Miss Rona, we’ve seen designers stretch their creative boundaries in curating unique experiences for an at-home audience. Fancy, schmancy presskits, multi-episode miniseries, and countless live streams later…we’ve (virtually) arrived at Hermès triptych affair.
The collection’s showcase kicked off in New York with a dance performance, then swiftly to Paris for the runway presentation, before coming to a close in Shanghai with a second dance display. “When times are challenging, we must challenge our own habits. Let us feel free to connect with other cities, other cultures. Let us attempt to be creative together—albeit from a distance,” reads the collection’s official release.
Hermès’ approach to luxury has always remained singular and even in the time of a global pandemic, it stands steadfast in its point of view. In a (literal and figurative) dance across the world, the clothing came to life through movement. It was an abstract portrayal of a certain sense of freedom and ease sought after by many alike – a unifier no matter which part of the world one may be.
In the more tangible sense, the clothes too portrayed a universal appeal. Nadège Vanhee-Cybulski had in mind both the new way of life women had assimilated into and the seasons to follow. A case in point: cycling pants you could walk (or cycle) a mile in or conversely, lounge indoors in. Elsewhere, timeless tailored dark denim pieces were ones that could go from Friday casual at the office to dinner.
A duality also presented itself in the collection’s details. Look closer and you’d notice the delicate details on otherwise nondescript pieces. Jackets decorated in fine leather; dresses embellished with beads; and skirts featuring intricate pleating. It’s never just the ordinary at Hermès. Scroll through the gallery for a closer look at all the finer details you might’ve missed the first time round.
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