Even though many of us are still in lockdown, it’s fun to take a look at what our favorite designers have planned for us in the upcoming season. Hermès’ Nadège Vanhee-Cybulski’s vision for Spring/Summer 2021 is an expansion on her prior ideas for Resort 2020, which was put on hold due to COVID. Building upon her usual motive of “a responsible approach and a perennial style”, Vanhee-Cybulski added just enough fashion (in this case, both visual and tactile stimulation) to keep things enticing, both classic and fresh.
Hermès Spring/Summer 2021 Bags
As far as bags go, I only spotted two new styles on the runway: the Perspective Cavaliere, a more streamlined version of the bucket style, adorned only with an adjustable strap and a Clou de Selle closure; and the Sac Mors a Bride, which is a very slim shoulder bag similar to the Clic-H bag.
The Perspective Cavaliere comes in two sizes:
The Sac Mors a Bride
I don’t have more details on these bags yet, but the Perspective Cavaliere seems very practical and easy for everyday wear. Your eyes aren’t deceiving you; it is asymmetrical. The Mors a Bride is a slightly edgy design and looks great for evening.
Carrying through to the season’s blend of new and old, I also saw in the press day photos a lot of familiar bag shapes and styles with a new twist. Instead of designing a bunch of new bags this season, Hermès showed new iterations of beloved designs, and some of these should be starting to hit the boutiques (at least, the ones that are open) soon if they haven’t already. These include a Cargo HAC (also seen for men), the Picnic Birkin (with Barenia leather), the Shadow Birkin, an H tote, Birkins with fringe, the Kelly and the Kelly Depeche in canvas and leather, and a Harness Birkin.
This is a rather large bag which I see more for men or as a collector’s piece. Actually this would be a great work bag for an extremely stylish photographer!
For those who loved the Picnic Kelly. I believe this is 25cm and the leather appears to be Barenia.
Canvas and Barenia Kelly Depeche
I saw this in both a Kelly bag and in this Depeche version. The Depeche is a great bag for both men and women, and this could really go almost anywhere if you don’t need to carry very much.
I’m not sure if this is one item that comes together or you can buy a harness for your Birkin. I know there are a number of people who wish they could carry their Birkin with a strap, and this seems this most likely option, although most people also carry their Birkin open…I would love to see how that looks in person or whether this really works as a practical matter.
Not quite as fringe-y as the usual Hermès fringe, I’m not sure why these bags appear to be more oblong than usual. I do love these bright and fun colors, though.
Those who love this style get another chance to track one down!
Tufted H Tote
I’ve read that Hermès uses a special technique to make this tufted tote. For whatever reason it reminds me of travel styles from the 1960s, but it also seems very simple and useful.
For those who love bag charms, the new offerings will be very popular. The Quelle Idole charm is adorable, and who doesn’t love a Rodeo with a Pegase twist?
Quelle Idole bag charm
Yes, we’re all going to love this. I’m assuming the price will be stratospheric.
Pegase Rodeo Charm
This is more my speed. I’ve heard that it will be offered in four or five colorways and I’ve seen a poor-quality photo of the pink version.
Rodeo Touch Charm
I’m also hearing that there will be exotic Rodeos offered, but I’ve only seen this version with the gator saddle, not an entirely exotic Rodeo.
Additional offerings included more colors for the anodized/tonal CDC as well as a smaller version and barrettes, and all-black enamel bracelet options.
Anodized Aluminum Tonal CDC Bracelets and Hair Clips
Hermès expended on this new line of aluminum jewelry, adding new colors for the Collier de Chien cuff, a smaller sized bracelet similar to the CDC 24, and a hair clip as well.
Clic H Bracelets
Hermès also added new iterations of the Clic H bracelet, including this “So Black” version, and new models which carry the main bracelet design through the H closure.
As de Coeur
Hermès will also be offering a new line of accessories called “As de Coeur” (Ace of Hearts), featuring a gold or palladium heart over leather. Some of the pieces are reminiscent of the Ace of Hearts playing card. Though this line is mainly jewelry, but will be extended to belts as well.