“I called it a ‘resurrection’,” Nadège Vanhee-Cybulski told Vogue of the inspiration for Hermès’s refined spring/summer 2021 collection. “You rest; you feel better; you recalibrate; you rediscover the most essential things, and realise what is clutter in your life.”
Taking that clutter’s place? A “fresh natural spirit” embodied in “feminine silhouettes fashioned like a second skin”. On the catwalk, that translated to endless reimaginings of the tablier; louche pale-blue and deep-red jumpsuits; and leather dresses “woven like chainmail” to form “summer armour”—in short, a collection made for heading back out into the world with renewed focus post-pandemic.
The most desirable pieces on the runway, however? The house’s latest investment bags: the Perspective Cavalière and the Mors de Brides. The former’s asymmetrical design—available in two sizes—nods to the method of “isometric perspective” developed by French cartographers and engineers in the 16th century, allowing them to represent three-dimensional objects on paper (and known, fittingly, as “perspective cavalière”). The Mors de Brides, on the other hand, references the fabled leather harnesses that started the Hermès empire—with a take on a horse’s bit delicately incorporated into the strap. Below, the best scene-stealing bags from the Hermès spring/summer 2021 runway to covet now.
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The Mors de Brides in tan on the SS21 catwalk
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The Mors de Brides in black on the SS21 catwalk.
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The Perspective Cavalière in red on the SS21 catwalk
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The Perspective Cavalière in tan on the SS21 catwalk
This article was originally published on British Vogue.