At the close of Hermès’ Spring 2022 Women’s Ready-to Wear show, located at France’s Le Bourget airport, designer Nadège Vanhee-Cybulski, walking out to the usual applause of audience approval, was nearly upstaged by the synchronized, perfect-timing background landing of an airplane. While I am told that this serendipitous optic was not planned, I cannot think of a better visual analogy for Vanhee-Cybulski’s Spring ’22 offerings.

Once again reading the headwinds of what we will want to wear a few months from now, the designer walked society’s re-emergence from WFH and lockdowns right down (or rather, across and around) the runway. A show full of elegant (if not necessarily affordable) practicality, a mix of chic style adorned with the luxe details that Hermès Ready-To-Wear is known for, with just enough comfort to convince us to actually get dressed and a few pieces even worth obsessing over, Hermès Spring ’22 RTW line has a number of things to look forward to: drapey, flowing silhouettes, drawstring waists, and familiar shapes and lengths, tweaked just enough to be modern.

I could wear this every day (Look 36). Photo via Vogue.com

I could wear this every day (Look 36). Photo via Vogue.com

Another look of casual elegance (Look 41). Photo via Vogue.com

Another look of casual elegance (Look 41). Photo via Vogue.com

Look 20 had beautiful details. Photo via Vogue.com

Look 20 had beautiful details. Photo via Vogue.com

Elegant details from Look 2. Photo via Vogue.com

Elegant details from Look 2. Photo via Vogue.com

Accessories were very minimal, both in size and prominence, for the show. I spotted two new bags and the return of a third. The first looks like a miniature version of the Polochon with a horsebit handle and a strap which can be tucked away, which is called the Sac Maximors. The second is a pouch that was worn across the model’s back (not optimal for subway use, or accessibility…). The third is the Mors de Bride, which is not new but has not been seen very often in the boutiques (although I did spot one on the shelf at the Boston Hermès recently). Off the runway was spotted several other bags, including a Bolide with a canvas strap and printed bottom, a Bearn-inspired bag, colorful Kelly Depeches with front zippers, and a Birkin sling (with a single strap, not two).

The Sac Maximors. Photo via Vogue.com

The Sac Maximors. Photo via Vogue.com

Look 39: a pretty print and a back sling bag. Photo via Vogue.com

Look 39: a pretty print and a back sling bag. Photo via Vogue.com

Mors a Bride bag. Photo via Vogue.com

Mors de Bride bag. Photo via Vogue.com

If I personally had any quibbles with the offerings, it would be that: 1. many of the looks are core-centered, that tiny-top-large-bottom-bulky-shoe look which won’t work for most people who have hips, or a stomach, or are too old to feel comfortable showing either of those off; and 2. the clodhopper shoe that ‘went’ with everything…the Dad Sandal but worse, due to the leather sock (?) paired with it that gave me Margiela Hoof Shoe flashbacks.

One of a number of core-centered looks (Look 18). Photo via Vogue.com

One of a number of core-centered looks (Look 18). Photo via Vogue.com

These shoes. Photo via Vogue.com

These shoes. Photo via Vogue.com

Despite those two limitations (and hey, they can’t all be my favorite, you need something for everyone), I found a lot to love, particularly the leather shorts, flowing pants, and one particular leather hooded vest which I am going to have to try to hunt down. It doesn’t have to be all perfection; it has to make sense for the time and place, and to at least some extent be appealing and accessible like bringing that plane in for its perfect background landing, Vanhee-Cybulski has succeeded on each of those counts, pulling it all together for the time we are living in now, and hopefully doing so with Hermès’ prescribed casual elegance.

Obsessed with this leather vest! Look 44. Photo via Vogue.com

Obsessed with this leather vest! Look 44. Photo via Vogue.com

Look 20 had beautiful details. Photo via Vogue.com

Look 20 had beautiful details, especially on this jacket and pants. Photo via Vogue.com

For more details, photos  and discussion, check out the Spring 2022 RTW thread on PurseForum.

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Lori
Lori
8 months ago

Ohh, I love the leather socks! Definitely need to pick those up! LOL

Actually love the shoes they are being worn with. I like that H is making comfy shoes now.

Charlotte
Charlotte
8 months ago

I love how the clothes exude casual elegance!

Ed B
Ed B
8 months ago

I’ve surprised myself by being into the Sac Maximors, actually. Huh. Let’s see, might pick it up if I like it in person. Not in this boring a color though, would want at least a red hue or something.

Otherwise, the clothes look pretty much how I’d expect, in line with what’s popular now + a bit of a Hermes touch.

Kate
Kate
8 months ago

I am disappointed that Hermes has chosen visibly underweight models on their runway. This perpetuates the belief that anorexic appearance is the epitome of elegance

Donna Bowers
Donna Bowers
8 months ago
Reply to  Kate

Same. Assuming they actually had a size that fit, (they do not) I do not have the imagination to glean how this would look on someone the complete physical opposite of me.

ADenv
ADenv
8 months ago
Reply to  Kate

Skinnier and lean bodies show fabric and drape better so that all sizes can realize the fit and cut of the piece. In the fashion world, some designers want to illustrate the piece to sell it. the model should almost be invisible because who cares what her hair/face/make up/skin color look like. Unfortunate they cannot wheel headless mannequins down a runway.

As a consumer, I don’t look at the person, just how the outfit looks on a lean body – the rest (skin color,hair color,hairstyle,makeup) does not matter to me at all.
For the record, I am an average curvy Latina. I like to see how a product fits on a lean figure before I buy it and I have wide hips, tiny waist and bigger bottom. Believe it or not, I appreciate seeing the rise of the pants on a lean figure because I will know if it will be a good fit for me or not. If fashion wants to focus on average and plus women to make us feel better about our various shapes that’s okay too but for me personally, I feel a lean body illustrates the product better. 🙂

Sandy
Sandy
8 months ago
Reply to  ADenv

I’m curvy and also like to see outfits on a curvy body. Sometimes the proportions aren’t right or simple things like pockets or belt loops looks odd on a curvier body. And this doesn’t necessarily mean overweight either. It’s a bit like how I feel about the color “nude”. Nude is subjective and it’s nice to see options.

bir
bir
8 months ago
Reply to  ADenv

totally agree !

ladyet
ladyet
8 months ago
Reply to  ADenv

what is better? isn’t realistically better?

psny15
psny15
8 months ago

This looks like more of a skims kartrashian runway show than Hermes / hotmess

Samiksha Shah
Samiksha Shah
8 months ago

Nice article!
Thanks for sharing. Keep inspiring us.

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