Known for setting the standard and dominating in the luxury space, Hermès did not hold back in its presentation of its Fall Winter 2021 Women’s RTW collection. In keeping with the times, they live-streamed the show across three continents for the world to see. With impeccable timing, stunning dance choreography and sleek set designs, Hermès’ show highlighted their timeless fashion and craftsmanship, while educating the audience on what the brand’s takeaway message was for the upcoming season: re-building.
Mario Katigbak, at the helm of Hermès Manila, welcomed excited guests to a stunning dinner prepared by Old Manila, located in the Upper Lobby of The Peninsula Manila. True to its form, Hermès was ahead of the curve and was the first to throw a luxury event - one that was incredibly safe and well-appointed - with mask cases, shield pouches, extra personal sanitisers and more accoutrement! At 9:20 pm PHT we settled into The Peninsula's Conservatory, socially distanced, with our personal cheese and chocolate trays, eager to see the collection.
It was presented in a fascinating triptych, that took place in Park Avenue Armory in New York, La Garde Republicaine in Paris, and at Maison Hermès in Shanghai, designed as a social commentary and an expression of culture and continent. With a focus on re-building, a new lease of life, starting fresh and growing stronger, Hermès showcased gorgeous dances that were filled with fluidity and continuous motion.
The presentation opened with Madeline Hollander’s choreography in New York, followed by the collection in Paris created by Hermès Artistic Director Nadège Vanhee-Cybulski, and ended with Gu Jiani’s choreography in Paris. The film that brought this all to life was crafted by Sebastien Lifshitz.
“I wanted to know how the collection could feel off and contribute to the energy of three very different cities. We wanted these artists to take over the project and interpret my work using their own language [and discipline]," says Vanhee-Cybulski.