Show Review: Hermès Spring 2012

Designer Christopher Lemaire re-imagines a the traveling woman, a familiar character who has inspired countless designers. Straying away from the age-old international jet setter representation, this season’s Hermès woman is a trans-Saharan Bedouin whose wardrobe is the picture of chic functionality.

Nomadic practicality was the call for the first batch of looks, with flowy white, robe-like frocks offset by head scarves, tied with purpose. But, as is characteristic of this travelling woman, once she arrives at her destination, she changes her clothes.

Boxy menswear jackets and blazers act as a foil to the femininity of crisp, starchy pleated dresses. Lemaire pairs oversized utilitarian jackets with springtime staples like button downs and shorts, all with exploded proportions. Shorts hems skim the top of the knees, and sleeves graze the forearms.

Dresses later trade their flowy, virginal silhouettes opting for slick, body hugging shapes. Deep plums, forest greens, and navy blues anchor mauves, rich violets and royal blues in jewel-toned hues. Keeping to the tradition of the design house’s famed silk scarves, Lemaire adds a dash of print for good measure.

Accessories are minimal in this collection. Models are only afforded sandals of modest height, a simple crossbody leather bag or water canteen, and singular cuffs or bar necklaces for jewelry.

I love how the looks in this collection tell a story. Instead of just seeing beautiful pieces or individual looks, I’m imagining the fantastic adventures of the woman wearing them. What do you think?
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