Ladies, if you think it’s hard getting your hands on that must-have Hermès Birkin, well, you’ve got even more competition now. In recent seasons, the French luxury house’s much lusted after bag has seen a surge in popularity among men, especially the larger 40 or 50 size versions. And this season, several male models walked the runway with the large Haut à Courroies, the style that the Birkin is based upon, in tow. But let’s face it, not all men can pull off carrying what is still seen by the general public as a ladies’ bag. Thankfully, for the more conservative yet still fashion-savvy male, the men’s RTW line has plenty more to offer.
A model in the “Exlibris” camouflage blouson and Saint Germain pants; and another in a lightweight linen cotton suit.
The large Haut à Courroies, the style that the Birkin is based upon.
Befitting the season, the element of lightness was a recurring theme in the collection. Hermès artistic director Véronique Nichanian has put a strong emphasis on fashion essentials, but presents them with a fresh perspective, evident in the choice of
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Métis and jersey shirt with lambskin trousers; and The “Tie and Dye” buttoned cardigan and slim cotton stretch pants.
Camouflage as a trend may have overstayed its welcome, but when it is Hermès that does it, it once more becomes something special. Instead of the familiar military-style patterns, Nichanian creates a design with an equine theme; called “Exlibris” camouflage, this unique motif features a pack of roaming horses in various poses, symbolic of Hermès equestrian heritage. It’s one of the strongest elements in the collection, while the cool, casual look of the tie-dyed vests, jackets, and sweaters jostle for your attention. Leather has always been the house’s specialty—which brings us back to the bags. Get a Birkin if you want, but maybe get Hermès’ buttery leather pants instead and party like a rock star tonight.
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