Monthly Archives: May 2012
Hermès Leather Forever exhibition – 6 Burlington Gardens, London – Ends 27th May 2012.
Luxury French accessories brand Hermès is celebrating its 175th birthday with an exhibition at London’s Royal Academy of Arts.
A free exhibition in London is always worth a visit and this particular one is all about leather, so we could hardly resist, could we?
Home of the iconic Kelly and Birkin handbags, Hermès are true artisans in leather. Their skill, craftsmanship, ingenuity and sense of humour are all displayed in this exhibition through various objects from brightly coloured and irresistibly tactile skins to The Duke of Windsor’s leather wheel barrow (to carry gift for Wallis Simpson).
Possibly the highlight of the exhibition (for us certainly) is the work-table at which one of Hermès craft women, Nadia, was busy constructing a Kelly bag before our very eyes. The table scattered with her tools of the trade was something to behold. Nadia, although not particularly chatty, was open to giving away a few tricks of the trade while we looked on in awe at this beautiful bag taking form.
There were no photos allowed, but some braver visitors than us have posted these on the internet (above and below).
Well worth a visit if you’re in London this weekend – it closes on 27th so it’s your last chance.
If you can’t make it then the Hermès website has a great walk through of the exhibition here.
Seeing Stylist Magazine’s Chelsea Flower Show special this week got us thinking about a recent trend we’ve noticed, out in London and on some of our favourite blogs, for feminine florals contrasted with tough leather biker jackets – what we like to call Power Flower
(See what we did there?)
It’s best achieved with a light, flowing floral dress under a leather biker jacket, but looks great with floral shorts or skirts too. What we love is the way this trend takes the traditional tough street style image of the biker jacket and redefines it as one of delicate luxury. We’re sure we’ll be seeing plenty of Power Flower at festivals, garden parties and other alfresco events this summer.
The look isn’t solely confined to leather jackets and could be easily achieved by pairing leather trousers with a floral top or blouse. The key here is that the trousers are fitted and the top is loose, draped and flowing. For chillier evenings a patterned scarf thrown casually around your shoulders ads extra Flower to your Power.