The Hermès Fall 2020 runway show features precisely two handbags! Most noteworthy is the absence of any Kelly, Birkin or Constance. You also don’t see the new bags introduced for Spring 2020. Instead, the Hermès Fall 2020 runway includes only two styles, on repeat in multiple (including bright) colors. What are they? A stiff sac and a boxy shoulder bag. That’s it folks.
Apparently, in statements made backstage at the show, designer Nadège Vanhee-Cybulski looked to primary colors and classicism. Consequently, it is a rather minimalistic look void of flashy or showy designer motifs. Perhaps, as a result, all of the hardware is silver-toned, providing a more understated vibe.
On the other hand, if the leather and clothing hues shown are any indication, pop-color lovers will be happy. Mixed with equestrian shades of black and brown, the collection includes blue, red, green and yellow, as well as gray. Artistically, the designs (and the runway set) are reminiscent of a Mondrian palate.
For lack of a better description, we’re calling this a stiff sac. It’s an odd shape: north-south, six-sided, not quite a rectangle. The bag appears to narrow slightly at the top, and the bottom corners fold in. Shown hand-held with a leather strap, the bag appears rather flat – as in not holding much. Although the design is quite simple, color options abound.
A Boxy Shoulder Bag
Additionally, Hermès featured a classic shoulder bag style. Boxy and structured, the shape is a rounded-off square, reminiscent of the Hermès 2002. On this front flap bag, the single clasp is a horse bit (or horse bit-like). The shoulder strap is adjustable and attaches to the backside of the bag. However, the models did not wear the bag on their shoulders. Instead, they held the straps by hand. Now, in our experience, affixing a strap to the back can cause a bag to tilt forward. Maybe that explains the runway styling.
Like the sac bag, we spied this one in a virtual primary and equestrian color rainbow. In contrast to the sac, however, there are two sizes – small and medium/large.
What do you think about Hermès continually expanding its leather handbag options? Remember, Hermès recently opened new leather manufacturing facilities with newly-trained artisans. Because of that, developing new styles could be an attempt to increase leather sales without expanding production of its most coveted and hard to get bags – the B/K/C trifecta. Certainly the artisans needs to create leather products. Thoughts?
More specifically, what do you think of these new Hermès bags? Do you like the color palate? Let us know.