Paris Men's Fashion Week SS16: Hermès

Paris Men's Fashion Week SS16: Hermès

Poetic luxury

Text: Norman Tan

Veronique Nichanian combined the maison's spirit of whimsy with the famous craftmanship of its ateliers to create a collection of elevated sportswear staples and relaxed summer separates

What Veronique Nichanian does best... is being able to translate the spirit and history of the house of Hermès into a poetic and refined collection fit for the modern man. Remember, the maison doesn't do 'fashion', it crafts beautiful products that capture the zeitgeist and stands the test of time.

And for spring/summer 2016... this transpired into a carefree collection with a relaxed silhouette. Sportswear (undeniably this season's key buzzword) filtered through, with models wearing polo shirts, bermudas, wide trousers with elastic waists, and sweatshirts with hoods.

But these sweatshirts weren't constructed from standard cotton or even leather. Rather, painted in luminous hues of tomato and mint green — accented with graphic horizontal stripes in chalk and pewter — these double-zip hoodies were made from supple snakeskin; another key trend for the season.

Our favourite look from the runway was... the tobacco straight blouson with a surprise à la connétable silkscreen print, worn over a polo shirt in pepper silk, and paired with a striking green trouser crafted from brushed goatskin that was styled, ever so whimsically, with the cuffs turned up to reveal a contrast mocha leather lining.

Also, a new men's bag was introduced to the maison's covetable stable of leather products: The Cabacity. A generously sized tote that can be carried in hand, or slung over the shoulder with a canvas strap, it is crafted from gleaming calfskin and features several internal pockets and compartments for extra utility. Refined luxury with everyday sensibilty. 

To view the full collection, click on the slideshow below.

To see all our coverage of Paris Men's Fashion Week SS16, click here.