Designer Nadège Vanhee-Cybulski has no intention of rocking the boat at Hermès. In her sophomore show for the house her commitment to understated luxury crafted into evergreen ensembles became that much more entrenched.
The show focused on clean lines, crisp edges and sharp geometric color block prints. And all of it crafted from the most exquisite, delectable fabrics on the market today. How lovely it would be to wear a slim calfskin dress that featured an embroidered pleated silk skirt, or a white sleeveless jumpsuit with red torchon stripping down the sides.
These designs would never put a foot wrong, no matter what sartorial situation they were put in. And the same could be said for every other ensemble in this show. It was faultless.
The one problem with faultless is that it can sometimes get monotonous. Vanhee-Cybulski was just about able to fend off this sensation by finishing off all the polished looks with sneakers. Instantly giving even the most traditional ensembles a bit of urban energy.
A choice that made it all that much more surprising not to see a few of the just-launched Hermès straps, created to be worn with an Apple iWatch, encircling the wrists of a couple of the models. It would have been a nice way to underline the idea that sleek sophistication is relative to more than just clothing -- and that particular point of view is very much a modern perspective.
Vanhee-Cybulski still seems to be holding on rather tightly to the proverbial reins of this famed French fashion house. But as any horsewoman knows, the tighter the hold, the more difficult a mount can become. It’s only when the rider lets their reins hang with a bit of slack that a truly relaxed partnership can be had.