PFW SS19 day 6: Hermès and Sonia Rykiel
Where: For the second time at Paris Fashion Week, showgoers made the trek out to the Hippodrome de Longchamp, previously for the Dior show, this time for the Hermès show. Part of the racecourse, where the gold stands are, was where the Hermès show was held. A large panel of mirrors angled to reflect the blue skies above were placed facing the seats, and ran the entire length of the stands, with a narrow strip of sand in between serving as the runway.
The Low-down: Show notes opened with the statement, 'The Odyssey is just the beginning'. Artistic director of women's ready-to-wear, Nadège Vanhee-Cybulski, was reflecting on the idea of, well, reflection, hence the mirrors, but also of it being the edge of two separate worlds, of sky and land, sand or sea? There was a delightful lightness to the clothes - the show opened with a white leather dress with a sailor collar, laced up at the neckline with rope. Strappy sandals and a leather bucket bag (time to get in on the trend if you haven't already) completed the look. Made for the global traveller in mind, the Hermès woman is on an adventure in her leather parka with multiple pockets for functionality, dresses and tops with drawstring waists for a subtle touch of athleisure and ease of movement, and shorts in luxe Barenia leather (no biker shorts here).
Buro loves: The dreamy show set, the black apron-turned-dress worn with trousers, the leather lattice dresses, and short sleeved leather jacket with snap hooks. We also have a renewed desire for the Verrou bag, this time with a wide shoulder strap.
Who: The late Sonia Rykiel who passed away in 2016 now has a street named after her. Mayor, Anne Hidalgo was present to officiate Paris' first street named after a fashion designer.
Where: Allée Sonia Rykiel is located in the middle of a grand Left Bank boulevard, and was the Spring/Summer 2019 show's location. The Sunday morning organic market that it plays host to every week was the inspiration to the theme of the collection, and is reported to be Creative Director, Julie de Libran's "weekend obsession".
The Low-down: Said market's atmosphere was recreated through the likes of a wholesome family-oriented casting (De Libran's son and his Labrador pup made an appearance). Stall awnings were reimagined as bold, colourful stripes while netted market bags were reinterpreted as fishnet racerback tanks worn under laser cut knits paired with macramé-fringed skirts. On the toes, sandals with knitted fishnet uppers and thonged sandals with ankle straps. Very much like a day in the market, the character of the clothes differed from one another: the sophisticated business woman in the olive belted leather jacket, the grungy emo kid in an oversized knit with his trendy younger brother in a royal blue co-ord track suit, and the femme fatale in a black waterproof nylon coat worn over a silk and lace négligé...with nothing else.
Buro loves: The cheerful mixture of hues that signified the market's 'colourful' characters that frequent, the white poplin dresses cinched with obi-like belts and the rectangular camera bags.
PFW SS19 day 6 in 10 pictures:
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