For her second collection at the Parisian fashion house, Nadège Vanhee-Cybulski brings a city sports edge to the understated French ethos of Hermès.
Stables meets Streets
All eyes were on Nadège Vanhee-Cybulski yesterday to see how she followed up her debut collection at Hermès. The French designer, previously design director at The Row, delivered European leisure meets luxury lifestyle. Themes of sport-luxe ran through the collection, but were more urban than equestrian.
Even evening wear was dressed down with trainers and skirts were crafted into tennis-wear inspired pleats. As expected, you would not be caught breaking a sweat in these garments any time soon – in true Hermès fashion the designs were executed in the most luxurious, refined leathers and linens. The accessories matched the minimal vibes of the collection – evening looks were finished off with gigantic resin necklaces. A palette of midnight blue and neutral times was contrasted with appearances of lapis blue, mustard yellow and orange. Prints were geometric and featured oversized grids and large monochrome blocks of colour. Thirties-inspired silhouettes featured high neck-lines and clinched waists. Vanhee-Cybulski also incorporated the iconic silk scarves into the collection for a second time, in a cleverly understated way.
The SS16 collection follows the announcement Hermès’ collaboration with Apple. The Parisian brand is known best for their timeless leather accessories, so it only seemed right that the fashion house would be the ones to create luxury leather straps that come with a revamped watch face to match. Timeless but modern luxury at its finest.