Hermes, the luxury purveyor of hand-stitched leather and sumptuous silk, is one of many European shops on Madison Avenue in New York City. Back in the day, our office ‘uniform’ seemed to consist of sleeveless (not any more!!) dresses in linen or wool, worn with our prized Hermes scarves. We saved for months to buy them.
Although it’s been a long time since I’ve shopped at Hermes, I always watch for their clever windows. In October, walking up Madison Avenue at dusk, they were witty and completely charming.
Books, books and more books were manipulated, painted and combined to make horses and statues to compliment the clothing and accessories.
Picasso-esque cubist heads replaced the standard mannequin visages. The background is wall-to-wall book spines, colored and striped.
These playful heads added texture and humor to the serious styling of the clothes in their neutral tones.
This face seems the most animated and with an almost wistful smile.
Books in their natural state formed the classical bust, set against the multicolored background of striped spines. Even with all that going on in the background, the black cape and dress still stands out.
Both heads are carefully constructed. I don’t know which one seems the more startled! Start saving your old paperback books now and think what you might create.