Hermès has come a long way since it’s simple beginnings as a high-class harness workshop in 19th-century Paris. Once famous for introducing France to the zipper and furnishing Russian czars with quality saddles, the brand’s 2017 Pre-Fall collection transported its iconic equestrian heritage into the 21st-century with dance club vibes and a trendy new band. That’s right. Back in January, the prestigious company’s boutique on Rue du Raubourg Saint-Honoré was taken over by the throbbing tunes of British indietronica stars Hot Chip. Surprisingly, this upbeat tempo proved the perfect soundtrack for Hermès fresh Pre-Fall presentation, which featured uncharacteristically bold outfits that played on this year’s fascination with 70s and 80s fashion. It was fun to see creative director Nadège Vanhee-Cybulski taking calculated risks to bring a more youthful aura to Hermès typically restrained brand of style. Have a look at their tasteful ensembles to get some ideas for your wardrobe this fall.
With the 70s here to stay awhile, brownish-yellow shades are the way to go. If you can mix a turtleneck in there too, even better.
GREEN AND BLUE
When the fall showers come, emerald green and deep sapphire should be your go-to colors. Try an early 80s raincoat with loose-fitting sleeves and a thick collar.
FOREST GREEN SUIT
Almost Irish in the way it embraces monochromatic green, this powerful pantsuit teaches that solid colors will keep you looking chic and assertive at the office.
ORNATE CLASSIC PATTERNS
Silk scarf prints drift in and out of mainstream style, but it never hurts to give them a try. A lightweight dress like this is a decorative way to bridge the gap between your summer and fall dress style.
Gone is fashion’s obsession with black and navy blue. Here to take their place are vibrant colors with a cheery personality. If there’s only on Hermès 2017 Pre-fall style you latch on to, let it be this one.
Colors will continue to be at the forefront of fashion design this fall. One fun way to experiment with this trend is by using neutral clothes as statement pieces like Hermès did here.
The fad of wearing activewear as designer clothing is fading. In its place, brands are offering a fully realized blend of athletic wear and haute couture. Stop flaunting your sports bra in public and grab something comfortable but classy off the rack.
Contours leapt from the makeup world into the fashion industry this summer. You can continue this unique trend in the fall with outlined outfits like this Hermès skirt and top.
Tunics are taking a turn for ancient this season. Integrate royal colors like blue and red into your wardrobe for a regal look worthy of leaders from the original Renaissance back in the 1300s. Knightly prints help too.
MOD 60s PRINTS
The collage prints of mid-60s chic are back and more colorful than ever. If you’re struggling to find a good way to work 90s pink into your fall wardrobe, this vintage pattern will do the trick.
Hermès 2017 Pre-Fall collection debuted seven months ago, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take part. Incorporate their aesthetic into your fall wardrobe. Sophisticated yet youthful, it’s a rare combination of characteristics you can only benefit from.
— Timothy Vest