Hermès’ models strode the cobbled path in the courtyard of a 17th-century former Dominican monastery. The atmosphere was heightened by eight narrow pyres burning alongside the path, while the clothes were lucky to escape the sparks carried ever higher by the wind. Despite or perhaps because of the ancient setting, this was a very contemporary collection in which luxurious materials and craft were concealed behind simple, comfortable lines and rather classic, layered combinations. Cashmere sweaters with alpine landscapes were worn partly tucked into trousers, which in some cases had an elasticated waist like track pants. Shirt flaps peeped out from under edges, sporty jackets came in technically treated silk, coats were loose and fur-lined. These were normal yet precious pieces to wear for life.