I’m always up for an Hermès presentation. As with every collection, there is a story that muses on our current situation and poses a theory for where we will be.
Last Jan. 23, Hermès debuted their Men’s autumn/winter 2021 collection with a video production directed by Cyril Teste. It features a multi-camera view that you can play around with online. The venue of choice is the Mobilier National in Paris.
This AW 2021 men’s collection plays with the concept of inside/outside. Something that’s been blurred given what we’ve been through. There is a note of solemnity in a show as we are privy to private conversations between models and as they stare directly into the camera, breaking that fourth wall.
But there is always a note of hope. I found it in the colors they used to play up the shirts, coats, jackets, sweaters, shoes, and bags. There’s cumin, wisteria, rouge H, frosted blue, liquorice, pepper, and petrol blue. All of which give that vibrant unexpected touch to geometric cuts and staple clothing.
What I also like is how the shapes and fabric textures create a blur between formal and informal. Given how we’ve sought the shelter of our homes, we know how comfort is the ultimate style statement.
It’s a collection that’s cozy but not without the tenets of great craftmanship and respect for clothes. It’s both for the person going somewhere but also who is happy looking their best behind closed doors.
You can still watch the presentation via hermes.com