Hermès’ strength lies in its longevity, which is reflected in that of Véronique Nichanian, who has been the brand’s creative director for 30 years and is still able to give its collections gradual change that stays faithful to tradition because, as Pierre-Alexis Dumas, great-great-great grandson of founder Thierry Hermès, says, “you don’t have to destroy everything to change”. The new collection paraded beneath clothes hung on washing lines in the midsummer dusk. The casually elegant and exclusive clothes included soft jackets worn over bare skin, T-shirts with zipped side openings, blousons and polo shirts with zips – all teamed with various types of trousers from turned-up chinos to pseudo-track pants with drawstring and slit hems to comfortable though rather short shorts. A recurrent motif on jackets and knits was a front panel in 4 aquatic tones, while some of the trousers featured sporty vertical bands.