3 things from the Hermès Spring/Summer 2023 men’s collection that we’re looking forward to

Ready to leave the pandemic behind and embrace hope, joy – and a damn good holiday? Just like Véronique Nichanian, the artistic director of the masculine universe of Hermès, as suggested by her latest creations for the brand’s spring-summer 2023 collection, presented last week at the Manufacture des Gobelins, a historic tapestry factory in Paris.

Colorful, sharp, yet relaxed – a defining characteristic of Nichanian’s style – the collection was inspired, explains the press release accompanying the show, by “a bright and vibrant summer; the joy of being together. The spirit of the holidays, a magical destination that is both joyful and serene.” It’s a collection that will have you looking forward to your next vacation – as well as the eventual arrival of SS23 pieces in stores early next year. Here’s what we’re looking forward to the most.

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01: Beach colors on unusual textures

Lemonade, lagoon, chewing gum and melon: these are words that evoke a deliciously lazy vacation by the sea. They are also among the key colors of the Hermes SS23 collection. But make no mistake, it’s not about dyeing basic pieces in these vibrant tones, but about creating striking contrasts with unusual, tactile textures: several parkas and hooded jackets, for example, appear to be made of PVC , but are actually a lightweight technical satin. . Cheerful hues also brighten up knit pieces with graphic patterns. And perhaps unsurprisingly for a house synonymous with leather, lemonade yellow gives an alligator jacket a summery effervescence.

02: Playful graphics

When it comes to clothing, Hermès is sparing in its use of graphics – and when it does use them, you can bet they’re going to be really good. Though more literal than what we usually see from the brand, the large nautical-themed seahorses and crayfish that are adorned in cotton tank tops and popover shirts, or woven into knitwear, are cheerfully irresistible. For more familiar creatures from the world of Hermes, Nichanian has also included shirt-jackets with house motifs such as Pegasus (in a detailed illustration) and horses (on appliqué patches).

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03: Optical Illusions

When the SS23 collection finally hits stores, prepare to confuse onlookers with the distorted checks of Hermès. Apparently the irregular pattern is intended to “Reflect tiles on the bottom of a swimming pool when viewed through a distorting prism of water”. The grid lines slant to the side when you expect them to be straight, making for a print that sets the pieces apart from your average plaid shirt. It can even be found on the Birkin bags specially created for the collection. Another playful touch for SS23: the pockets that are slightly offset to give the impression of having migrated upwards or angled diagonally so that they appear out of place – in the best way – against straight stitched lines and that cross.

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