Hermes’ autumnal simplicity

Autumn 2012 is the season to be simple. That is, at least, the common thread that runs through many of the men’s collections from the world’s dominant fashion houses.

Given just how much financial doom and gloom is forecast in the world’s newspapers, it’d be easy to imply a connection between austerity and simplicity. But with Hermes also offering up a collection that plays to simple, though admittedly heavily refined, tastes, fall 2012’s simplicity is not so much a question of wealth as it is a celebration of what’s classic.

And classic is precisely what Hermes has offered up for autumn (fall) / winter 2012. Classic, dominated by the monochromatic, and all with the devil in the details. Largely devoid of colour (red soled boots seemed to provide the largest pop), Veronique Nichanian’s latest collection for Hermes instead plays to many of the classic tailoring elements currently swirling through the smelting pot that is the modern men’s suit. There are broad lapels aplenty, most casually tailored with external pockets, and an exploration of relaxed tailoring largely through outerwear. Prints and velvet provide some overt and head turning detail, but it’s the collection’s overarching sheen that provides Hermes with something unique. Sheen is a difficult thing in men’s tailoring, not the least because a shiny suit is often the hallmark of a cheap suit made from man made fibres that are guaranteed to leave you with a suspicious rash or two. Hermes offer the concept up for fall 2012 without the cheap suit cut and without the risk of a rash. And they’ve probably done it at just the right time – I suspect that men are ready for a shiny suit revival.

Hermes’s runway show was unveiled on one of the many catwalks of Paris fashion week (PFW). 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.

Also from this fashion show.



Photography by Imaxtree