When asked backstage how his scenic Hermès show at the palm-filled Orangerie in the Jardin du Luxembourg had come together, Christophe Lemaire’s simple answer was, 'Naturally.' It could have been the theme word for a collection, which drew on the now firmly established natural elements motif of the season and easily showed the others how it’s done. 'It’s the idea of a tropical forest, of nature and its beauty and strength,' Lemaire explained, referring to the jungle scenes of Henri Rousseau and the painter’s deep greens, which entered into the first half of the show’s jumpsuits and dresses cut below the knee. It wasn’t simply a collection made of nature, but just as much a collection made for nature.
Carefully sticking to that effortless chic that defines the Hermès look, Lemaire worked in activewear elements in a super thin, super luxe raincoat and a top made from the same material, and added plenty of nature’s own materials in the capacity of rich skins. If there’s one thing the flower power of this season has taught us, it’s that the road to interesting floral prints can’t be mapped out. In other words, they either look amazing or they don’t. At Hermès, they did look amazing, if not for any other definable reason than the fact that they were so uncomplicated. It was, as it always is with Lemaire, a feature that described the entire collection. And as he said, 'Chic and elegant is something, which should remain natural. I always look for the right balance between something that’s sharp but at the same time relaxed. It about not trying so hard, you know?'