“Blink” Retail: Hermes’ little helpers

We spotted this window just before the Christmas break. I really appreciate Hermes commitment to their history, tradition and handwriting. We learned lots about all of their incredible handcrafted techniques at the Festival des Metiers at the Saatchi Gallery last year. We really like this window scheme where the craftsmen and women have been replaced by these shiny insects. I guess that’s Hermes super stylish version of an Umpa-Lumpa (no offense to Umpa-Lumpas intended).

Hermes, Sloane Street

Hermes, Sloane Street

Hermes, Sloane Street

Hermes, Sloane Street

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Pattern: Go Wild!

Its a look that has to be handled with care. Super skin prints can be wildly stylish, but its easy to get bitten by this pattern story.

This long running inspiration morphs in scale, colouration and application from season to season and for the past few its been the preserve of the leopard spot in particular, in quite traditional golden hues. For Autumn Winter 2009, the faux fur, leopard spot coat came through with a sweet 60’s feel (spotted below at London Fashion Week, so we think this will still be seen in Autumn 2010 too). For Spring 2010, the skin print scarf was a hot accessories choice. For several years now, we have yet to report on a month with no animal print at all, and the May “Blink” print report contains some really innovative colouration, scale and style variations on this story. Its a question of constantly looking at your inspiration source with new eyes, considering the era that’s currently exciting you, working out your textile mood and then merging and marrying all of these to create your own evolution on skin prints.

Click here for more on print and pattern. If you’d like to see more about the ‘Blink” print report (one of our most popular publications) contact your nearest agent.

London Fashion Week, Somerset House

Hermes

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London Fashion Week, Somerset House