Paris Goes Western

Posted Monday October 13, 2008 12:00 PM GMT

French designer Jean-Paul Gaultier transformed Hermès’ Parisian catwalk into an epic southwestern desert. Amidst the deep orange sunset, sand covered catwalk, and sporadically strewn cacti emerged a collection filled with sultry sophistication. The collection complimented its backdrop as it was filled with rustic Tex-Mex ranchero themed pieces with an urban flare.

The models decorated the catwalk like bold, beautiful banditas wearing fringed suede ponchos and leather jackets. They also wore printed silk ponchos, and sexy shirt dresses of all lengths. The three piece suits made with dark denim, suede, and snakeskin gave these “urban cowgirls” attitude. Short shorts, vests, and blazers were everywhere. The must have black dresses and asymmetrical silk frocks are not to be forgotten, along with the matching bikinis worn under all of the looks.

Among these “urban cowgirls” were super model favorites Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell. They rocked the runway in cowboy hats and long romantic shirt dresses that were cuffed at the waist and slit down the front. Campbell tossed her hat to the crowd as she exited the catwalk. They are proof that women are sexy at any age.

The color palette was simple, but bold. Chartreuse, Red, and Corn Flower blue added life to the basic neutrals. Hermès trademark leathers and silks dominated the collection. The necklines were plunging, and the legs showing. Gaultier’s western bling completed his couture western wonder world.

Models donned leather cowboy hats on their heads and boleros or beautiful silk scarves around their necks. Their arms were covered in cutout leather cuffs as they pretended to smoke unlit cigars. Waists were cinched with leather obi belts, some trimmed in fringe, others sleek snakeskin. Flat suede boots and strappy leather sandals paraded the catwalk. Gaultier’s muses were head to toe western divas.

Hermès’ number one fan, Jane Birkin, showed homage to the beloved French fashion house by attending the show. In 1984, Hermès designed a bag just for Jane. The Birkin bag has become one of Hermès' most popular and expensive handbags.

Hermès is truly one of the fashion worlds most renowned and luxurious labels. Its reputation has been solid since 1837. Jean-Paul Gaultier has certainly done a spectacular job keeping the Hermes tradition alive while adding his own identity to the line.

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Enjoy the pictures of the Hermes 2009 Spring Collection at Paris Fashion Week (October 4).

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