For Hermes’ Spring/Summer 2022 menswear collection, creative director Véronique Nichanian once again dazzled with a collection that was luxurious and light at the same time. The offerings on display were a juxtaposition of the formal versus informal. In other words, clothes that you can wear at any occasion.
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Nichanian also mixed up the use of fabrication, continuing the interplay of opposites with technical innovation in craftwork legacy. The hybrid approach resulted in a collection that’s energised with flexible shapes — leather comes alive with pops of colour and stitching graphics, with coats, parkas and double jacket-cardigans rendered in two different materials.
“The collection is an expression of grace, fluidity, and the shifting nature of our lives,” Nichanian says. “It also has a touch of the spirit of sailing as well, as in a response to our need to get away. It aims to encourage people to get out and roam — a desire we all share. We attempted to hone a freer, somewhat looser (though still precise) discourse. The collection features rather neutral colours: hemp, algae, chocolate… upon which stronger, more tender tones blossom, mingling here and there as if faded by the sun. Large flowers appear; colours burst into bright yellow, lettuce green. I also wanted to explore the legacy of certain in-house prints reinterpreted with new techniques — mesh for example. I wanted everything to be instilled with freedom, momentum, a duality of spirit. Though open and liberated, at heart this collection is not averse to a kind of bold formality.”
View the full collection below: