Hermès: Minimalist Chic

by Carol Lee

Since her appointment as Artistic Director of women’s ready to wear for Hermès in 2014, Nadège Vanhee-Cybulski’s collections have been built on the pillars of minimalism, quality, and comfort; amplifying the French Maison’s advocacy for 24/7 classic chic. A consistent statement that speaks volumes quietly to confident, self-assured and stylish women who have access to wardrobes of luxury staples.

Watch the collection highlights in motion here before you take a closer look at what we love from the well tailored ensembles from the Resort 2018 collection.

Minimalistic, classic silhouettes:

  • Image by Oliver Hadlee Pearch, courtesy of Hermes

The Colour Palette:

Hermès does colour like no other. Case in point: the Maison’s myriad colour applications on its silks and leathers.

The resort collection colour palette does not disappoint, with its bold colour blocking ensembles in:

  • rich deep reds – mahogany, bordeaux, vermilion,
  • oranges – apricot, aurora orange, solar orange, mimosa yellow
  • pinks – berry pink, powder pink, pink
  • blues – smalt, ocean blue, sky blue, navy blue, midnight blue, blue black
  • neutrals – off white, clay-beige, straw, white and black

The House Codes:


The amazing Hermès silks universe requires more posts articulating its inspiration, design, and creation process for full immersion. Specific to this resort collection, the spotlight falls on several key standout prints translated on silk twill, satin jacquard, nappa lambskin, cashmere knits, cotton, and linen.

  • Les Clés and Fouets et Badines print on silk twill

The ensembles are also accented with various colourways of :

  • losanges in Jumping print silk twill
  • gavroche (pocket square) scarves in Robe du soir print silk twill

Trivia: A Hermès scarf features an average of 30 colours, and up to 47 colours. From colour planning, design translation and engraving of the film slides (one for each colour), printing, cutting, sewing and hand rolling, the production process is a long, meticulous and complex one.


The Chaîne d’ancre collection pieces – in silver and rose gold – are worn together, true to today’s #mixedmetalsdontcare #stackaway styling philosophy. The Chaîne d’ancre bracelet was first designed by Robert Dumas, a member of the Hermès family who drew inspiration from a ship anchor chain in 1938.  The links of the Chaîne d’ancre today – polished, circular-grained or twisted – play on shapes and volumes.


The iconic Birkin, recoloured in this collection’s bright hues (capucine and amber), with dual colour border treatment around the edges.

The Kelly, has four renditions of colour blocking in contrasting colours, aptly named as the Kellygraphie II alphabet bag.

The Cinhetic bag was presented in the Hermès AW2017 show to positive feedback; the wallet variant is now styled with two looks in the Resort 2018 collection.

The 2002 bag, possibly the latest contender to the revered Constance bag, with the similar accordian and gusset treatment complete with the shoulder strap.

The bag’s rounder and more subtle closure may win over fans who have not considered the Constance because of the original distinctive H-clasp. Is your name already on the waitlist?

  • Birkin bag in Swift calfskin, in capucine, magnolia and sapphire-blue


All images courtesy of Hermès.




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