Nadège Vanhee-Cybulski brought an element of freshness to otherwise classical elegance this season. There were subtle nods to fashion’s reigning Eighties vibes in the form of a powder-pink shirt complete with structured shoulders tucked into high-waisted mauve trousers and a fuchsia jumpsuit that incorporated a jodhpur-like volume at the legs. A bold look, especially when considering Hermès is a brand that dominates the luxury accessories sector with iconic bags like the Birkin. But, whose to say their clothes can’t speak the language of the trending as well?
Nadège, definitely seems to have awoken to a design epiphany, one in which it isn’t a battle of numbers but rather a simple understanding of the Hermès woman. Trends may change, but a specific kind of clientele, especially those known to shop at the iconic house, range from heiresses and royalty to politicians.
Does a brand with that kind of powerful demand need clothing to be on It girls and socialites? The answer is no. But does it make for a refreshing show and insert an element of contemporary-cool to the perfectly made pieces on the runway? Yes, it most certainly does.