Who is the Hermès man? The maison’s fall-winter 2021 collection gives answers by way of bold colors and a resolute take on unstudied ease.
Take Look 27, for example, the emblematic dark monochrome look of the chilly season. The Hermès take is as simple as it is, surprisingly, seductive. The fuzzy charcoal cardigan and matching pants hint at a specific brand of joie de vivre, free of the trappings of utilitarian gear that’s requisite in a frenetic, upward-forward world. This look is may be après-ski, but it’s more importantly haute lounge.
There is also the season’s intriguing proposition for a new kind of bold plaid, here in sumptuous variations of turquoise and sea foam on one hand, and pumpkin and paprika on the other. These strings of colors are interspersed throughout a wardrobe of nuanced neutrals: taupes, khaki, and grays that oscillate between olive and plum.
Great menswear tend to be a playground of the subtle yet unmissable. The singular sartorial conjunction that moves this particular Hermès chapter along is the leg warmer story: straight-cut drawstring pants with prominently chunky cuffs.
Of course it won’t be Hermès without the heirloom outerwear in the plushest of leathers. Yet, somehow, in a presentation where guys strut about in winter-grade parkas, the clear message here isn’t to cover up a lot, but to brighten up a little.