At the Tokyo branch of Hermès
, the luxury fashion house’s current window display is playing the role of contemporary art installation. Designer Tokujin Yoshioka conceived this interactive video work, featuring ladies blowing (come now, children), and real scarves fluttering in the wind as a result. It’s so pretty! [YouTube
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Until recently, Park Avenue millionaires and swamp-trolling Louisiana farmers have been engaged in one of the most unlikely of reciprocal relationships. The Southerners breed and treat alligator skins; the wealthy buy luxury goods made from them.
Think “fashion” and “recession” and the image of dirty, swarthy men probably doesn’t come to mind, yet the New York Times reports that these guys are being just as impacted by the decline in the consumer market as fancy boutiques and haute couture fashion houses. The biggest player in the alligator game has been Hermès, but now that the economy has hit the luxe accessories market, people just aren’t dropping thousands of dollars on alligator watches, purses, and shoes like they used to.
For animal rights activists, this probably comes as welcome news. And it’s true, the work entailed in alligator farming sounds pretty inhumane and gross:
“Stolid men wade into shallow tanks and pull the alligators out by hand. Biting happens. After the gators are killed with a stab to the brain, they are skinned and sorted: heads and claws for the French Quarter souvenir shops, meat for the Cajun restaurants, guts for turtles, dogs or anything else whose tastes run that way.”
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For Hermès’ fall/winter catalog, the high-fashion house has created an Amelia Earhart-themed spread for its Jean Paul Gaultier-designed collection. Inspired by the new movie? Or just coincidence? In any case, the image of Amelia has been brought back—the aviation record breaker, that is, and not our lovely site editor (although she is super stylish, too).
In this series photographed by Peter Lindbergh, “Amelia” is sexier than ever with strong and manly trench coats, fur-collar bomber jackets, and leather driving gloves. The looks are pretty badass, but we’re not so sure we’d accessorize with aviator goggles and a large wrench. Think we’ll be seeing more sexy Amelia Earhart-inspired designs? Check out a few more pics after the jump. [ViewonFashion Magazine] Keep reading »
Hermès is one of those intangibly expensive luxury brands that creates classic products you’ll always lust after but probably will never be able to afford. Perhaps the Parisian fashion house has decided to humor the less fortunate by putting out this free cutout design for its dog collar cuff bracelet (hey, pity gift or not, we’ll totally take it!). Download the PDF, cut out along the lines, then follow the step-by-step instructions for folding and gluing. The finished product is a completely believable Hermès replica. If you have a color printer, you can choose some of the snazzier designs, like an orange background with white print or a purple plaid motif. While we imagine your paper bracelet wouldn’t hold up as well as, say, a Kelly bag, you’d at least get an ephemeral taste of the brand, and a chance to practice your origami skills. If you have so much fun with your crafty cutout, you can also check out this hilarious Keyboard Cat project which has been circulating the interwebs of late.
Download the Hermès PDF here and see the rest of the designs at Lesailes.Hermes.com. Keep reading »
Hermes debuted their A/W 2009 ad campaign featuring Raquel Zimmermann at the Ice Hotel in Sweden. We assume this is her real foot. Or does it belong to a stand-in? [Fashionologie] Keep reading »
In what can only described as sickening news, French luxury goods brand Hermès admitted it has resorted to breeding its own crocodiles to meet demand for its leather bags. According to Patrick Thomas, the company’s chief executive, it can take three or four crocodiles to make one bag, so they breed the animals on farms, mainly in Australia, to get enough to produce about 3,000 bags a year. And they can’t even make enough bags to meet demand.
You can’t really fault a company for doing what they can to take money without expressly hurting the environment — it’s not like they’re making crocodiles extinct to make bags — but do we really need to carry crocodile handbags in the first place? Keep reading »
Victoria’s downgraded from the ginormous bag she carried last week. [Los Angeles, 5/18/09] Keep reading »
Our dream timepiece happens to be the Hermes double-wrapped Cape Cod watch. Unfortunately, it’s only a dream because it costs upwards of $2,000. However, this La Mer Studded Wrap Watch is a million times cheaper, (almost) as cute, and a little more punk rock, thanks to strategically placed studs. When you’re as rich as Grace Kelly you can buy the Cape Cod — this watch is for your cool, bad ass, poor, 20-something days. [$95, UrbanOutfitters.com] Keep reading »