French fashion designer Veronique Nichanian reacts at the end of her Men's fall-winter 2013-2014 fashion collection presented in Paris, Saturday Jan. 19, 2013. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)
Saturday, January 19, 2013 4:48 pm
Hermes lets clothes do the talking in classy show
By THOMAS ADAMSONAP Fashion Writer
There was no far-flung concept, gimmick or muse, unlike most Paris shows, simply because none was needed. Nichanian - who's been at the helm of this family-run business an incredible 22 years now - is an expert at letting the clothes do the talking.
There was indeed a lot to be said.
The 44 looks ranged from on-trend loose but structured naval trenches, to short peacoats, tight black calfskin pants, via turtlenecks, jacquard silk pullovers and fitted double breasted tuxedo in black wool and mohair which were fit for a prince.
The unity in the diverse collection was to be found in the sumptuous fabrics. The program notes read like a luxury encyclopedia: double-face cashmere, alpaca, winter gabardine, ribbed nubuck calfskin, shearling, chiffon crocodile, mink and velvety cotton suede, to name but a few.
Sitting on the front row, former Hermes CEO Patrick Thomas, tried to put his finger on the enduring allure of the house - one of fashion's biggest success stories of the last decade.
Was there a secret?
"No, no. There's no secret. But it's not about ostentation, pretention, or trying to show you've got money," Thomas told The Associated Press.
"It's just the simplicity, and excellence of the fabrics."
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