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Audrey Simon
Audrey Simon • 3 min read
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The Hermès spring/summer 2020 collection for women honours the specialist crafts still practised at the fashion house
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The Hermès spring/summer 2020 collection for women honours the specialist crafts still practised at the fashion house

Nadège Vanhee-Cybulski’s spring/summer 2020 collection for women at Hermès is an essay on graphic minimalism. She uses aprons, leather and saddlery to come up with silhouettes reminiscent of the 1990s as well as reinvent the sporty look.

Here are some standout ensembles:

Harness-inspired coat in nokcha (brown rice tea) green cotton gabardine, with racing green lambskin inserts and sleeves and palladium-finish metal buckle details sheathed in racing green calfskin. Nokcha green double-face silk knit racer back tank top, with sage green contrast bands. Straight-cut nokcha green cotton gabardine trousers with details in black washed cotton. Nokcha green calfskin sandals with ribbon straps in black technical fabric.

Tatami beige cotton denim gilet, with off-white perforated lambskin inserts and palladium-finish metal buckle details sheathed in off-white calfskin. Tatami beige cotton denim cargo shorts. Chalk-coloured Togo and Swift calfskin elongated bag, with white webbing strap. Calfskin sandals with ribbon straps in ebony technical fabric.

Bubinga (a flowering plant) pink cotton gabardine wrap dress with a chestnut lambskin storm flap and inserts, and palladium-finish metal buckles sheathed in chestnut calfskin. Chestnut toile H knit racerback tank top. Bubinga pink washed cotton cargo trousers, sporting a pocket adorned with a palladium-finish metal buckle. New Drag bag in sand-coloured Butler calfskin, with ecru and caramel webbing strap. Calfskin sandals with ebony technical fabric ribbon straps.

Arm candy

This season, On Pedder shines the spotlight on acclaimed handbag designer Gabriela Hearst. On Pedder is the first retail store in Southeast Asia to carry the designer’s collection, which is otherwise available online only. The brand, which strives to be sustainable, has a celebrity following that includes Oprah Winfrey, Brie Larson, Nicole Kidman and Emma Watson. Hearst’s handbags are renowned for their timeless, elegant designs. The handbag collection will be available exclusively at Pedder on Scotts from Oct 25 to Nov 15.

Shop with a heart

If you are heading to Siam Reap, drop by at non-profit boutique Shinta Mani Shop With A , which supports local communities and showcases the best locally sourced sustainable products. You can shop for items such as jewellery, accessories, clothing, soft furnishings, art, craftwork and memorabilia from Cambodia’s best up-and-coming producers, designers and artists. All profits are donated to the Shinta Mani Foundation to help fund vital community projects in and around Siem Reap. Shinta Mani Shop With A was started by Bill Bensley, visionary architect, hotel design disruptor and conservationist.

Instant hydration

La Mer’s The Treatment Lotion is a fast-absorbing elixir that delivers instant hydration to visibly soften and nourish skin. La Mer will donate 20% of the purchase price of the limited edition bottles to the Breast Cancer Foundation.

Designer partnership

The Giambattista Valli x H&M collaboration drops in stores next month and we had a sneak peak at the look book featuring womenswear and menswear selections. This eye-catching scarf will perk up a white shirt for the office or brighten up a tee for a casual movie date.

Golden pyramid

This unique and stylish pyramid bag from Chanel is fashioned with metallic lambskin and finished with gold-tone metal embellishments.

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