French chic. It’s effortless and sophisticated. At Hermès, it’s also a key element in the house ethos, from the stitches on a leather glove to the fine hardware details on a pocketbook.

On Wednesday afternoon, Christophe Lemaire closed the spring fashion season with a collection that captivated with simple but impactful silhouettes and a strong execution, particularly with the handsome leathers.

The show had a new time slot and venue — the Orangerie in the beautiful Jardin du Luxembourg. It was the first time the space was opened for a private affair, and guests were perched amid lush flora, which nicely played into the collection’s “Tropical, after the storm” theme (as did the venue’s balmy temperatures, by the way, but that’s another story).

Lemaire worked his inspiration with confidence, sometimes remaining quite literally on topic — dresses and boots in a matching floral provided tropics overload. Elsewhere, he translated the idea with subtlety and a mature hand via both long and lean and light and relaxed, even slouchy, shapes, executed in a late Seventies/early Eighties vibe. Standouts included a blue suede tunic and a blue kimonolike top with languid toffee-colored pants. It was pure Hermès, and ended the Paris shows on a very French chic note.

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