Hermes under Christophe Lemaire has many of the same things it had under Jean Paul Gaultier: the mandatory inclusion of silk scarves and leather for one. But where Gaultier included a bit of sex Lemaire took it out, and replaced the void with boxy modernism, relaxed cuts, and androgyny.
That’s not to say Lemaire’s spring 2013 collection for Hermes can’t be sexy. Leather braces worn with leather shorts, for example, have a masculine-feminine sex appeal. But in all this is not a collection that strode onto the Paris fashion week (PFW) runway, whip in hand, fully conscious of its appeal as Gaultier’s often were.
Instead Lemaire looked to a easy kind of appeal. The colour blocks and geometric shapes hinted at 1940s modernism, the bright colours like mustard and cobalt blue even making their way onto leather pieces. The bread-and-butter leather accessories of the brand got an update too, from cutaway leather gloves (most definitely brimming with a youthful, minimal appeal) to belts with harness details and leather clutches.
You can see all of the Hermes spring / summer 2013 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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Photography by Imaxtree