Monday 4th March

| BY Claudia Croft

Hermes: Ready-To-Wear AW19

With bourgeois chic teleported to the centre of the fashion agenda thanks to Celine and Burberry, all eyes are on Hermes. The brand is the most tony of all but rather than take a nostalgic approach to bourgeois dressing, Nadège Vanhee-Cybulski, takes a contemporary view. She doesn’t do seventies re-issues. She designs well made contemporary classics. She put leather at the heart of this collection. If you want a perfectly judged pencil skirt, a supple bitter chocolate coloured trench coat or a sturdy rippled leather utility jacket, she obliged. Add softly ruffled silk blouses, scarf print tunics, enveloping blanket coats or oversized quilted parkas and it all adds up to the ultimate stealth wealth wardrobe. Hermes isn’t chasing trends, (although there was a great bottle green leather onesie and tiny leather hot pants for the more directionally inclined). Instead, these are comfortable clothes for life (the good life).

Photographs by Jason-Lloyd Evans.