We recently attended the Hermès FW 2015 preview at the Madison Avenue boutique. The collection was luxurious understated perfection that the brand is known for, only with a fresh twist, which we can attribute to the brand’s new creative director.
Last summer, Hermès (which may just be our favorite brand of all time) appointed Nadège Vanhee-Cybulski, to succeed Christophe Lemaire, who left to focus on his own label. Creating a shift for the luxury group, she is Hermès’ first creative director in nearly 20 years who isn’t designing for another house on the side (both previous designers Gaultier and Margiela split the time between different labels).
Even though she wasn’t a public persona before the new role, Ms. Vanhee-Cybulski has the most impeccable track record of any designer when it comes to experience in understated-yet-ultra-high fashion. She’s a veteran of The Row (working hand in hand with Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen as design director), Céline (where she is said to have been the heart of the team), and Maison Martin Margiela. What she really did is mastermind the success of rising design labels, putting the brand before the individual.
“There are so many houses with such a heritage…. It’s important that they leave their mark… Hermès is a very generous house and they really respect creativity. In return, you have to respect their roots, and those roots are equestrian,” Vanhee-Cybulski said about her first collection for Hermès.
“Her signature is sharp, minimalist, elegant but also modern. And she’s French,” says Marko Galovic, an independent designer who studied fashion with Ms. Vanhee-Cybulski at the Antwerp Royal Academy. “It’s a great dynamic” for Hermès.
Having seen her first show for the brand at Paris Fashion Week, we can say with certainty that Nadège Vanhee-Cybulski is here to focus on the craft that the Hermès experience is, and we can’t wait to see (and shop!) the collections to come.