Hermes: reality’s escapism for fall 2012

The creatives arts, fashion included, can easily turn the romance dial up a few notches when it comes to an exploration of the foreign. Some of us may view fashion as a tool for dressing for where we’re going in life, but when it comes to runway collections it’s often the case that the foreign is translated as escapism – a fantasy to be indulged in. For many seasons past, Hermes has balanced fantasy with escapism and the two together with luxury, offering up collections that were interpretations of the exotic viewed through rose tinted glasses.

Those elements of the exotic remain within Hermes’ fall 2012 collection, yet designer Christophe Lemaire continues to step the house away from the more literal, more costumey, interpretations of the foreign that many of us had become accustomed to.


Unaccustomed to, but not unhappy with – something which makes Hermes’ fall 2012 collection all the more interesting. Here we can see a fashion house have its ideals interpreted by a very different designer. And not for the first time Lemaire has interpreted Hermes through his own world view, hence it should surprise no one that relaxed cuts akin to those which featured in his
own collection permeate through Hermes’. Upon that aesthetic he’s worked through motifs of the foreign, from the gaucho with which we’re all familiar, to the Eastern European prints which have gently wafted down more than one fall 2012 runway.

You can see all of the Hermes autumn (fall) / winter 2012 runway collection by clicking on a thumbnail on the left. From there you can browse through each of the pictures from the fashion show.

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