(ot) fashion focus: mccartney, hermès, and dior

Christophe Lemaire didn’t do so bad for his first collection with Hermès. That pant-boot (“poot“), along with his nods to falconry and archery (equestrianism takes a momentary back seat), mixed with Lemaire’s own penchant for jumpsuits and things middle-to-far-east to create a presentation that probably will need one more round to win everyone over. Meanwhile, in the boardroom, Hermès CEO Patrick Thomas had some fightin’ words about his disinterest in letting LVMH, a 20% stakeholder in Hermès, collaborate on the company’s business development. View: Hermès Fall 2011 collection at style.com.

Loving all the gold from Stella McCartney! View: Stella McCartney Fall 2011 collection at style.com.

And, in case you’re curious, Christian Dior‘s Fall 2011.

(images via style.com)

fashion focus: christophe lemaire s/s 2011

We can’t wait to see what former Lacoste designer Christophe Lemaire will present at his debut helming Hermés. As you may remember, he took over for Jean-Paul Gaultier last year. Lemaire’s Fall 2011 collection shows in Paris on March 6. (View: Photos will be available here. Bonus: All of Hermés past shows.)

Meanwhile, that pic above is of the spring/summer 2011 collection for Lemaire’s own label. Take a closer look.

(screengrab via christophelemaire.com)

fashion focus: christophe lemaire’s f/w 2010

There are big things in store for former Lacoste creative director Christophe Lemaire now that he’s replacing Jean-Paul Gaultier as the head at Hermès. (Lemaire’s first collection, that of fall 2011, will debut next March. At Lacoste, a replacement should be named by year’s end.)

Meanwhile, he’s still plugging away with his own label. For fall 2010, he’s infused a burnt orange into the usually muted palette of dark blues, browns, and grey/black. And the pieces are considerably more wearable than those from his two previous collections.

Up close: I have some screengrabs below, but see the entire lookbook here.

(via christophelemaire.com)

tennis, everyone: hermes’ spring 2010

Just as we were coming down from the high of seeing Thom Browne‘s Spring 2009 tennis-themed show, Jean-Paul Gaultier takes the baton with his Spring 2010 presentation for Hermes, which sent models down a grass runway (complete with a tennis match in the background). Gaultier’s inspiration for the collection was a female player that Hermes outfitted in the 1930s.

“I don’t recall her name, I know nothing about tennis,” Gaultier told journalists as he mingled with guests after the show. “I saw a photo of her from the 20s or 30s, and I liked her silhouette, and I said ‘allez, let’s play tennis.'”

As delicious as Gaultier’s take on the classic tennis pieces (polos, pleated skirts, warm-up sweaters) was his sporty adaptation of the house’s iconic Birkin bag: a pocket for a racquet; a separate dangling sleeve for a ball can. Any bets on which pro will be first to carry that onto the court? (Anna Wintour? ALT?) What do you think of this collection? Tell us!

Show: All the images (including detail shots) available at style.com.

Ones we loved: A few looks that we liked from the show after the cut…