The Hermès AW19 Objets are a definite testament to the house’s enduring philosophy: at once classic and refined, yet fresh and modern. Not only does Hermès incorporate the trends of the season, it sees them explicated in undeniably elevated reinterpretations that exist above and far beyond merely pandering to the current buzz in fashion.
The general themes underlying AW19 trends saw a marked divergence into the camps of grunge and bourgeois aesthetic, from the rough-‘n-tough combat boots on one end to the polished neck scarves on the other. Threads of both camps can be seen in Hermès’ AW19 accessories — here are their elegant take on the season’s trends, whether it’s grunge, bourgeois or everything in between.
The Tough-Girl Boot
Hermès will have you channelling your grunge side with their suave take on a tough-girl boot. It features heavyweight hiking-style rubber soles, but keeps it sleek with a simple shearling block in a tan brown and buckling details. Pair them with your dresses to easily toughen up a frilly look.
The Choker (but make it Match)
The Niloticus Lumière necklace is reminiscent of the metalware choker chains we’ve been seeing on runways this season. In an elegant black jade paired with rose gold, this three-piece jewellery set is also a nod to the matching jewellery sets (earrings and necklaces/ earrings and headbands) of AW19. If fashion made it match for maximum impact and glamour, you can know that Hermès made it match for maximum class and chic.
The screen-print neckscarves are somewhat personal to the designer Nadège Vanhee-Cybulski, a fond memory of the first Hermès scarf she saw, which was her mother’s. The prints on these scarves evoke impressions of the fantastical, with leitmotifs of flying and flying creatures (dragons); splendid dreams wrapped up in cashmere and silk.
Hats (but make it Polished)
It’s no question hats are a big thing this season, with every imaginable style cropping up on runways. Hermès headgear offerings this season include cowboy hats, fedoras, gangster hats and more — but there’s one thing they all have in common: they exude the house’s polished, refined air.
Long Strap Bag (à la the 70s French bourgeoisie)
The long strap bag is back in style, and we’re getting intense 70s French bourgeoisie vibes. Carefree yet stylish, wear these Hermès numbers as a cross-body or slung over the shoulders; and let these turquoise-blue and rich tan hues elevate your entire look.
(Not Your Mother’s) Brooches
Brooches evoke luxe, ornate vibes, usually seen on shawls and scarves of older (more well-off) women. But this Hermès brooch takes the bourgeois brooch and incorporates elements of grunge and punk with chain and spinels; marrying the two key themes of the season in one stylish accessory.
Cinch It In: 80s-inspired Waist Belts
Everybody loves a good belt to cinch in the figure for a nice form and silhouette. Hermès offerings in calfskin are a simple and classic choice — there’s even a hot pink one for a pop of colour if that’s your thing. These are not overly chunky like the true 80s renditions, but they’re just as chic, if not better.
Available at Hermès stores islandwide.