Effortless, cool and chic, each model in the Hermes SS14 show breezed the runway as if it were one of the crisp cobblestone streets outside. It pays testament to menswear designer Veronique Nichanian’s skill that such refinement can arise from a collection, and highlights how easily she taps into the essence of what constitutes an Hermes man season after season.
The collection fused classic casual wear with a utility feel that quietly verged on clinical. It was all in the details (or lack of): square cut necklines on unfussy shirting; a fine dot motif that gave tailored blazers and pants a sleepwear feel; non-existent lapels and overall mechanics suits completed by strong collars and pockets. Soft tailoring ironed out the strength of leather separates, reminding us that balance is the key to Hermes ready-to-wear.