Opened with a tailored white jumpsuit that pops against the natural backdrop that is dried wildflowers, HERMES' 2019 Cruise Show was a collection of minimalistic looks, with leather flip flops and earthy tones. Generous use of leather is a reoccuring theme for this brand whose origins are in saddlery and equestrian leather goods, and this season was no exception. Long, A-line khaki jackets, flowy chocolate brown dress and mid-length straight skirts were all results of HERMES' fine craftmenship. Vanhee-Cybulski also experimented with mixing leather with silk, creating a floor-length black silk dress with leather panels and a classic cotton silk shirt and leather skirt combination. One stand-out piece was a playful madras sundress in a mix of pink, brown and white. Many new bags were introduced on this runway, including a mustard yellow and black Birkin and basket-weave Kelly that is perfect for a picnic.
Perhaps the most exclusive luxury brand of all, Hermes is an epitome of pure craftsmenship that extends from fashion to lifestyle, sports and even motorcrafts. With its roots in handcrafted saddlery, the house still crafts most of their goods by hand to this day: hand-stitched bags, hand-drawn fabric designs, hand-welded hardware to name a few. The overall impression of Hermes' items is simple in its design, yet when looked at closely, every minute detail is done perfectly. It is a brand truly respected by everyone, both women and men, from celebrities to fashion-lovers. While many luxury fashion houses focus mainly on womenswear, Hermes provides equally beautiful and high quality goods for men. Veronique Nichanian, Artistic Director of Hermes' Mens Universe, has put out colorful ties, scarves and belts that have contributed to the brand's continued popularity.