hermes-spring-2014-tropical-8446Malgosia Bela closed the show in this stylish white shirt and high-waisted pleated white pants. All photos courtesy of

The serene and stylish Hermès collection was the perfect show to bring my Paris Fashion Week adventure to a close. Before the runway parade began, I had a chance to quietly sit in the historic L’Orangerie in the Jardin du Luxembourg, surrounded by tropical plants, orange trees and bird sounds. The lush setting set the mood for designer Christophe Lemaire’s elegant, languid fashions. Imagine the calm after a tropical storm—or the scene you might find in a Henri Rousseau painting. (Both were key references for Lemaire.) There were luxurious fabrics—such as crocodile culottes, wrap skirts and suede blouson dresses—but the collection was lighter for spring relying more on printed crepes, white linens and dresses, shirts—and boots—in water lily prints. The silhouette was loose and the aesthetic was understated and calm. Take me on this kind of fashion adventure any time.

Check out our favourite looks from Hermès Spring 2014 after the jump…