Whether she finds herself in the Sahara, trekking in far eastern mountains or on old Aztec trails, the Hermès woman has always been a luxurious nomad. Travel Hermès-style doesn't include backpacks and cargo pants or entertain the notion of being jammed in economy. Oh no. The label under the watch of Christophe Lemaire's minimalist, orientalist aesthetic is the go-to for the ultimate in French glamour and globe-trotter chic.
For his SS12 collection Lemaire started in Greece with skirts and headscarves, the kind of brilliant white that's given off by the glare of painted houses in the Mediterranean sun. Next came the burnt orange pieces, the olive tones and buttery leather dresses and a jacket before the prints arrived.
It's the bold print silk number that stands under the hot sun here, with illustrated characters that on first glance look like tribal patterns. These little figures are wearing feather headdresses, armour and tunics, printed in earthy colours that jump out against the stark white. The equestrian roots of the house appear too with leather orange straps at the waist and around the wrist. Such a statement dress need only be teamed with black Cutler and Gross glasses to shield from the sun's rays.
Whether far off lands are beckoning or it's just a little Parisian cafe in the afternoon, slipping into Hermès is just the ticket this summer.