Under the creative direction of Véronique Nichanian, the Hermès Spring-Summer 2024 collection emerges as a refreshing oasis amid the summer heat. Nichanian expertly crafts a collection that champions light, airy volumes and delicate fabrications, each piece a testament to the Hermès ethos of effortless elegance and comfort.
Conceived with the extremities of summer in mind, the collection blends sheer cotton shirts, characterized by a lattice-like mesh, with ethereal jackets adorned with a chalky sheen. The subtle transparency of these garments creates a visual intrigue that captivates and compels. Complementing these are shorts rendered in various textures of cotton, linen, and lambskin, embodying the spirit of summer casual chic.
Yet, Hermès is not merely about brevity and transparency. Double-strap stirrup belts, reminiscent of their iconic watch straps, secure pants that contour closely to the hip before expanding into generous pleats falling gracefully to mid-ankle. This cut gives ample space to appreciate the handsome sandals, with their lofty soles and serge strapping in an array of black, cream, and brown. A variant with calfskin uppers and molded soles punctuated by rubber studs adds a touch of rugged charm.
Nichanian extends the collection’s visual narrative with Haut à Courroies bags in sun-kissed shades of brown and marine-tinted gray, the subtle shadow of a name tag and padlock stenciled on one side adding a hint of nostalgia. In the lush burgundy colorway, it borders on transcendental. The collection also features tote bags in pliable rope and leather, echoing the latticework of the shirts, and a compact black hip bag.
Aligning with Hermès’ annual theme while paying tribute to its equestrian legacy, this collection is an elegant trot into high-fashion summer. Each piece feels as soothing as a gentle summer breeze, evoking a sense of unbridled freedom and soft, yet formidable strength.
As we embrace the liberating summer spirit, we dare to don shorts, jackets, and short trench coats. We luxuriate in slightly extended jackets and sleek trousers. We set off on summer escapades clad in tunics and beach blazers, designed with technologically advanced fabric and parasol stripes.
The collection emanates serene joy and breezy coolness, its appeal undeniably sensual. A mineral palette of desert, steam, ice, and sage intermingles, each color reflecting and responding to one another in a harmonious dance of hues.
Subtle vibrations permeate the collection: technical fabrics shimmer with summer iridescence; the iconic mosaic patterns of 24 Faubourg Saint-Honoré translate into openwork motifs; topstitching chimes in; pockets sketch oblique strokes.
Mirroring the way light interacts with space to cast shadows and etch patterns, in this collection, it gently caresses the skin and reversible leathers, reveals transparencies, and discloses the delicate layering and relief effects of the materials. The Hermès Spring-Summer 2024 collection, a delicate balance of strength and gentleness, exudes an irresistibly sensual allure.