Quantcast
STAY CONNECTED
Hermes lets clothes do the talking in classy show
By:

8:15 am | Sunday, January 20th, 2013

A model wears a creation by French fashion designer Veronique Nichanian as part of the Men’s fall-winter 2013-2014 fashion collection presented in Paris, Saturday Jan. 19, 2013. AP/Jacques Brinon

PARIS— Hermes has become a byword for simple, unpretentious luxury. With panache, veteran menswear designer Veronique Nichanian proved this again in a classy and masculine showing for fall-winter 2013. A more muted palette than last season was broken up with bright flashes of golden yellow.

 

There was no far-flung concept, gimmick or muse, unlike most Paris shows, simply because none was needed. Nichanian — who’s been at the helm of this family-run business an incredible 22 years now — is an expert at letting the clothes do the talking.

 

There was indeed a lot to be said.

 

The 44 looks ranged from on-trend loose but structured naval trenches, to short peacoats, tight black calfskin pants, via turtlenecks, jacquard silk pullovers and fitted double breasted tuxedo in black wool and mohair which were fit for a prince.

 

The unity in the diverse collection was to be found in the sumptuous fabrics. The program notes read like a luxury encyclopedia: double-face cashmere, alpaca, winter gabardine, ribbed nubuck calfskin, shearling, chiffon crocodile, mink and velvety cotton suede, to name but a few.

 

Sitting on the front row, former Hermes CEO Patrick Thomas, tried to put his finger on the enduring allure of the house — one of fashion’s biggest success stories of the last decade.

 

Was there a secret?

 

“No, no. There’s no secret. But it’s not about ostentation, pretention, or trying to show you’ve got money,” Thomas told The Associated Press.

 

“It’s just the simplicity, and excellence of the fabrics.”

 

 


Tags: fashion , Fashion & Beauty , French Fashion , Hermès , Paris , Veronique Nichanian

Related Stories:

Disclaimer: The comments uploaded on this site do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of management and owner of INQUIRER.net. We reserve the right to exclude comments that we deem to be inconsistent with our editorial standards.

Copyright 2012 . All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.

Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate: c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94

STAY CONNECTED