As newly appointed head of design at Hermès, Christophe Lemaire had a lot to live up to and a big pair of JPG style boots to fill, and in my humble opinion he did not disappoint. I cannot describe it better than the truely eloquent Mr Tim Blanks of Style.com -
"His first collection for Hermès reflected in its lengths and breadths the orientalism of his work for his own label. Maybe the nomadic notion of travel was the common ground. To the plangent pluckings of a Chinese zither, sweeping caftans, elongated kurtas, elegant kimonos were offered in tones that ranged from the neutrals of desert tribes to imperial red, orange, and jade green. The details—obi belts, tassels, and quilting—and accessories like lacquered bracelets and pendant neck pieces looked East, too."
I adore this collection so much as it offers a new form of elegance; a harmonious mix of sophistication, glamour and minimalism, and would not look out of place in the pages of my favourite magazine Encens. If I were to be told I could only wear one collection for the rest of the year, this would probably be that collection. Sorry Dries! Sorry Haider!