Hermès FW24: Outerwear fit for a sudden rainfall

Creative director Nadège Vanhee brought Paris's seemingly perpetual March rain inside to showcase the bold duality of this season's Hermès woman.

Trust Hermès to make it rain. The maison’s FW24 show began in darkness, with the sound of water slowly crescendoing until the audience realized the downpour was real. The streaming screen of water divided the runway down the center, providing an impactful backdrop for creative director Nadège Vanhee’s latest collection.

The season was all about outerwear: a shrunken burgundy bomber jacket; a sleek and chic trench in a buttery yellow; a white jacket that shimmered with ostrich feathers; a fitted equestrian jacket in leather with metallic stud detailing.

This Hermès woman wore a tough-looking riding jacket made from the softest leather. Her hair was slicked back on top and then fell naturally. The reckless rock music on the soundtrack – including Romeo Void’s ‘Never Say Never’ – spoke to the wild side of this perfectly composed woman. Together, it told a story of duality, of a woman who’s at once hard and soft – not unlike the rainfall.

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