"Stop exotic skins". A Hermès show was briefly disrupted during Paris Fashion Week on Saturday by the animal rights association Peta, which blames the luxury brand for its use of crocodile and alligator skins.
For this parade, a meadow was reconstituted in the Republican Guard, where you could smell the horse, with plants that the house is committed to replanting. This did not prevent a Peta supporter from joining the models in the aisles, brandishing a sign "Hermès: stop exotic skins". "Peta has stormed the Hermès podium to urge the brand to abandon these materials," according to a statement from the association.
#ParisFashionWeek2023: PETA has just burst onto the catwalk of the @Hermes_Paris show with a message for the brand: "Hermès: stop exotic skins!" #Hermes pic.twitter.com/9qZ74HTAt3
— PETA France (@PETA_France) September 30, 2023
Red in all its shades
On the catwalk, red in all its shades stands out through the herbs, a visual slap in this Fashion Week dominated by sober colors. "Red can be associated with quite negative connotations. I wanted to restore its aesthetic and symbolic side of strength, beauty and power," explains the artistic director of women's collections Nadège Vanhee-Cybulski.
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Shorts, loose dresses, soft suits: the clothes invite you to sit on the grass and picnic. Crop tops (short tops revealing the navel) and cut-outs on the back or waist bring to these outfits an evening sophistication. An innovative process of laying leather on the base of mesh gives the garments a second skin appearance.
Under what circumstances will these outfits be worn? "I leave the choice to women. I don't like to give directions," the designer replies. Several pieces are modular: "they tighten and loosen according to your moods and morphologies," she says.
The sandals are flat with an adherent sole inspired by hiking shoes. "It's one of the few iconic models of Hermès shoes, so it's the same pattern as the first sandals of the 1920s" with "a very contemporary structure," says Pierre Hardy, who creates shoes for the French luxury house. "Creativity is not only a question of form but also a question of timing. It was the right time," he concludes.