It is going to take a little time for ‘bourgeois’ to become a fashion compliment, even if it is the hot word of the moment at the Autumn/Winter 2019 Paris shows.
Faced with the idea of that word to describe her work for Hermès, designer Nadège Vanhee-Cybulski shuddered.
“My starting point was classicism as the modern way of seeing life,” she said. “That’s why I started with the sharp tailoring. There was also the scarf of my mother – the first scarf I had ever seen from Hermès – and I pulled out so many elements from it. I just like the photograph and, above all, the technique.
“I really wanted to bring in a strong femininity, which is always difficult to define for me, which is why I am ambivalent. I just wanted really to bring the sensuality that I see in the House of Hermès.”