• Text Lakeisha Goedluck
  • Photography Emily Malan
  • 1st March 2020

At the derby

For FW20, Hermès’ creative director Nadège Vanhee-Cybulski invited her audience to a day out at the races. “Moving through a forest of vertical bars, she leaps,” read the show notes, as the Garde Républicaine was punctuated with show jump poles. Primary colours formed the basis of a collection that was an homage to all things equestrian. High-neck colour-block jumpers inspired by jockey attire were teamed with skirts to make for sporty-yet-chic ensembles, while 1940s-style pleated shirt dresses in Mondrian-esque prints appeared Ascot-ready. Elsewhere, a stripped-back tweed blazer with leather elbow patches and abstract details along its front served as a subversive take on an essential piece of countryside attire.

As for the outerwear options, bold trenches in cherry red and crisp white looked particularly robust and were frequently teamed with quilted jackets for a textural finish. An ecru coat unfurled at the neck to reveal the coziest shearling lining, while a longline bomber jacket in rich brown shades with premium leather sleeves felt especially luxurious. Buckled brogues and riding boots in staple black and chocolate finished off outfits that were made for an elegant display at the derby.