At the Tennis Club de Paris, Hermès erected a huge sand dune and bathed it in kaleidoscopic lights that seemed to change color as the models passed by. The reference was unequivocal: it was the great escape and the mood of party in the desert.
“The Hermès girls are taking a bivouac, a big hike in the desert, and setting up a camp at sunset to have a party, a big rave”, said Nadège Vanhee-Cybulski, the discreet artistic director of women’s collections at Hermès.
Available in earthy tones such as ochre, sandy beige, orange and then more straightforward colors such as cerulean blue, red and even black, the silhouettes with sportswear accents seem to be cut from materials designed to survive a luxury expedition, without skimping on the Hermès know-how.
“I took all the elements of the tent, the hammock – everything related to outdoor activities”, the designer explained, referring to the trekking and hiking details that adorned the garments, which were partly functional and partly decorative. This idea of the tent, which can be set up and taken down, runs through the entire collection through lacing games, while daywear in desert hues has taken on a utilitarian twist and zippers that run along the waist of some Basque dresses, to reveal a flank, add a sexy touch to the ensemble.
As for the house’s iconic accessories, Vanhee-Cybulski reinvented the iconic house bags, including the Kelly to Go, with electric glow feathers.