Once again, the storied French luxury introduces a collection filled with what are undoubtedly this season’s most sought-after objects of desire
Nadège Vanhee-Cybulski’s vision for spring/summer 2021 is an expansion on her prior ideas for Hermès’ Resort 2020 line-up, which was put on hold due to the pandemic. It’s proven now that not even a global health crisis can disrupt Vanhee-Cylbuksi’s efforts to bring a collection to life. The French designer added just enough fashion, visual and tactile stimulation to keep things enticing, along with classic touches and a dose of freshness.
The Objets spring/summer 2021 collection encompasses a cornucopia of delightful offerings, as usual, but particularly noticeable are subtle and exciting styles for the accessories. From the bags, silk scarves, jewellery and watches, this season’s highlights are rich with vibrant details, new twists and fresh iterations of beloved designs.
In other words, this season’s Objets collection features a blend of old and new. For the bags collection, familiar shapes have been reworked and reimagined. Case in point, the Kelly Sellier 28 bag that now comes with a new textile model. There is also the Quadrille canvas with a three-tone weave and checked grain that creates an intersecting lines illusion. Extremely dense, it lends its firm hand and body to the Kelly, Herbag and Victoria bags. Meanwhile, the Birkin 30 is now strapped with a harness inspired by equestrian bridles. This leather harness fastened with button studs that cradles the Birkin bag can be worn over the shoulder thanks to its adjustable strap.
And, of course, every bag needs a witty charm to go with it. The Kellydole bag charm is a cheeky miniature version of the Kellydole bag created in 1999 by Jean-Louis Dumas. This charm features a lovely smile and is a masterful technical feat. Its saddler construction, gusset and strap assembly, and a miniature swivel clasp showcase detailed craftmanship. This practical little bag charm can also be used to store small objects like earphones.
Another notable quirky entry in this season’s Objets collection is the ingenious belt made of Chamonix calfskin fitted with a removable pouch, sized for a smartphone and hot stamped with the “Mr Farrier” design by Kin Fan Lo from the men’s universe.
Moving on the iconic Hermès silk, this season’s collection invites us on an adventure into space with the Space Derby scarf in silk twill. Artist Ugo Bienvenu drew inspiration from American comic books in the mid-20th century and their superheroes for the cosmic teams of horses steered by daring drivers. Every detail contributes to the futuristic and colourful atmosphere of this thrilling race, from the curves of the chariots to the combinations of the horses.
On the jewellery and accessories front, the collection of aluminium bracelets and cuffs welcomes new colours and a thin format that plays with the Collier de chien codes. Moving on to shoes, there is one design that dominated the spring/summer 2021 show, which was none other than the clog. Made of calfskin, this clog highlights detailing and Hermès’ unrivaled know-how with its beechwood sole, metallic studs and Kelly buckle.
Last but not least is the highlight from the watches collection. The Heure H this season adopts a new style with a metal bracelet. Made up of small square plates echoing the form of the dial, this supple bracelet is built into the case and boasts an invisible folding clasp. This geometric piece is available in three versions, with or without diamonds.