Hermes Kelly Watch

Hermès has been in the news this week for reasons other than the handbags to which we generally pay attention, and that’s had me thinking about the full world of uncompromising luxury that the company has created for itself. You can get an Hermès spin on practically anything from desk organizers to animal sculpture, and for the next 12 days, you can get Hermès jewelry and timepieces at Moda Operandi.

Hermes-Birkin-Closeup

Well, that didn’t take long. Only days after announcing that Christophe Lemaire would be leaving the brand to focus on his eponymous collection, Hermès announced on Thursday that Nadège Vanhee-Cybulski, most recently the head of ready-to-wear at The Row, will take over as its womenswear creative director, according to Women’s Wear Daily.

Christophe Lemaire Leaving Hermes

In the world of big-name leather goods, shifts in strategy rarely come as a surprise. There are rumors and whispers of declining sales, or, alternately, talk of the designer becoming enough of a star in his own right that he or she doesn’t need the brand anymore.

Nene Leakes Hermes Birkin with Graffiti

Here’s Real Housewife Nene Leakes, leaving last night’s taping of Watch What Happens Live in NYC. As you can clearly see, that’s a “customized” Hermès Birkin covered in all of Nene’s most infamous sayings from her time on Real Housewives.

Khloe Kardashian Hermes Birkin

Here’s Khloe Kardashian, arriving at LAX to fly to destinations unknown, keeping it somewhat low-key with sweats, Nikes and a cobalt blue Hermès Birkin. This Birkin is a particular favorite of hers; she’s had it for several years and carries it pretty regularly.

Miranda Kerr Hermes Birkin

Here’s supermodel Miranda Kerr, doing Miranda Kerr things on an especially steamy, 93-degree day in New York City and making an intentionally exposed black bralet look ridiculously chic, somehow. (Strangely enough, the woman standing behind her is trying the exact same thing.

Hermes Vintage Buenaventura Briefcase

Canvas is a tricky textile. It’s perfect for summer because it’s lightweight and breathable, which can matter even in accessories when it’s so hot out that the idea of having anything heavy or warm touching your body is too much to bear.

Kim Kardashian Hermes So Black Birkin

People got excited for a hot minute when Kim Kardashian tweeted that she had dyed her hair blond again, but then Kim later burst everyone’s bubble by revealing via Instagram that her new blond locks were actually just a wig. Which is too bad, because I liked blond Kim.

Lady Gaga Hermes Vintage Kelly Bag

Here’s Lady Gaga, arriving at her father’s restaurant, Joanne Trattoria, in NYC, carrying a vintage Hermes Kelly Bag that has been…well loved. Gaga has a history of carrying altered, or, depending on your perspective, “defaced,” Hermes bags, so it’s not a stretch to think that she likes the half-destroyed look of this one.

Irina Shayk Hermes Birkin

Russian supermodel (and repeat Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition cover girl) Irina Shayk was recently spotted hanging out with a couple of friends in Soho. She’s carrying a bright, cobalt blue Hermes Birkin, of course. It’s surprising to see Irina in the city when her boyfriend, Real Madrid footballer Cristiano Ronaldo, is currently playing for his home country of Portugal in the World Cup.