Whiplash

7.10.10

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When I hear the word Hermès, I immediately think of the elusive Birkin bag and the classic scarf. Nowhere in my cerebrum does a horse-riding image pop up. That is of course, until I remember that the brand's logo is indeed one of a duc carriage with a horse. Thierry Hermès first established the brand as a harness workshop specializing in harnesses required by society traps and carriages. And it would appear that Gaultier went right back to 1837 to draw inspiration for the Hermès Spring 2011 ready-to-wear collection.  

The theme could have come across as too try-hard, but it looks to me like he managed to strike a nice balance. I love the dynamics between tough leather and harnesses, and the graceful & elegant flowy fabric. The accessories and attention to minute details truly blew my mind; from the wrist cuff and cut-out leather gloves to the hoop earring and deconstructed-bag type corsets. Looks to me like these ladies could hold their own right alongside Clint Eastwood in The Good, The Bad and the Ugly, whips and saddle hats in tow.

What do you reckon?

Bisous,
Abs

28 Contributions:

Ashley said...

Oh wow, this is perfect. I love this sort of look. I'm saving the top one for inspiration...can't wait to wear this style in the spring!

Karen said...

I love the contrast between the hard and soft elements in each of the looks. Thank you for leading me to your blog! You're wonderful!

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ilsteviewonder said...

I love oit awesome contrast lovee the leather gloves and studs and corsets! :)

Marinka said...

It was an amazing collection!

Jenni said...

I learned something new about Hermes today! I love this collection. The waist cinchers are great!

pancakeSTACKER said...

Great collection! I'm definitely into the whole equestrian look!


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Ginta said...

It was Gaultier's last collection for Hermes & I loved it! My first association was conquistadores :)

Anaivilo said...

I loved the collection! I am not too much into this style, but when you see all the pieces together, they look fantastic! I wonder how many women would appreciate it

Natasha said...

I am huge fan of the equestrian look! So this collection really spoke to me xxx

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Shanna Maren said...

Great photos & outfits! I wish I could wear this every time I go horseriding :)

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rebecca said...

oooh, i quite like this! but i'd still love to have a birkin

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Madeline Weber said...

fabulous line, so very impressive!

xxx http://madelineweber.blogspot.com/

Juliet said...

To me Hermes means quality and luxury -above all else. And again, it delivers!

juliet xxx

style-haus said...

thanks for the background! it seems this collection is not far off from its original roots. i think the accessories and details are the stand out elements of this collection for me.

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Ria said...

This whole collection is stunning and it's weird that I didn't hear much chatter about it on my twitter feeds. The hats alone are unbelievably epic.

amorim gabriela said...

Jean Paul! ♥

Amo ♥

Emma at Daily Clothes Fix said...

Wow, this amazing. It went straight into my favourites while I try to work out how on earth I can recreate these looks.

Lisa Lisa Lisa said...

I completely agree. I think the colors make the looks.

Nina said...

loving the contrast of colors, textures, old and new...I really need one of those hats!!

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Wall of Fashion said...

Wow, love the power women! They look so strong but still pretty!

xx Marije

Mumbles said...

Such a great collection
the pictures are amazing

Marley

Emily, Ruby Slipper Traveller said...

I reckon those looks are actually really badass, and I quite like that!

Sweet Confessions said...

I almost died when I saw the collection! amazing stuff..




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Rebecca from See You in Sweden said...

I love anything inspired by the horseys!

Lexy @ Quirky Explosion said...

The construction is SO impeccable. It would be amazing to see it in real life!

Great blurb below. Totally agree - its definitely not over-designed or too try hard.

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agnes said...

j'adore, superbe collection

Trixie & Fifi said...

I love the gloves and that black hats...

P.S. thanks for your comment on my blog :)

Abi said...

@Karen: thank you! :)

@Jenni: I'm glad I could be of help!

@Rebecca: I'm completely with you on that one!

@Juliet: I think so too. Great attention to detail and stitching

@Style-haus:The accessories definitely pull the look together

@Ria: I think it deserves more chatter than it got!

@Emma: hahaha! I know right?!

@Emily: hahaha. badass is exactly what I was thinking too

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