Hermes on Madison

 Hermes BoxHermes, 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.

Hermes Noble Steed and fashionAlthough 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.

Hermes Madison Ave window Hermes HorseBooks, books and more books were manipulated, painted and combined to make horses and statues to compliment the clothing and accessories.

 Hermes for TwoPicasso-esque cubist heads replaced the standard mannequin visages. The background is wall-to-wall book spines, colored and striped.

Hermes Two  heads with booksThese playful heads added texture and humor to the serious styling of the clothes in their neutral tones.

Hermes Yellow cape and faceThis face seems the most animated and with an almost wistful smile.

Roman Bust Hermes windowBooks 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.

 Hermes a mask of fashionBoth 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.


About Susan

Susan Detjens is a former landscape painter, she lectures, demonstrates and runs workshops on floral design for museums, horticultural organizations and garden clubs across the US.
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