PARIS—Like the extensive Hermès archives influenced Christophe Lemaire’s fall collection, the brand’s history must have inspired his casting.
Though the expected models—Karlie Kloss, Ruby Aldridge, Arizona Muse, Joan Smalls—wore his leather pieces well, there were three unexpected faces on the runway. The first was Marie Sophie Wilson. One of Peter Lindbergh’s favorite models, she’s also an actress, having appeared in a handful of French films as well as campaigns for Banana Republic, Fendi, Comme des Garcons and yes, Hermès. Next came Cecilia Chancellor, the British model who’s appeared on numerous glossy covers, went to school with Camilla Nickerson and wore Marc Jacobs’ grunge collection so well.
Finally Bambou, Serge Gainsbourg’s widow, closed the show. The singer’s real name is Caroline Paulus and though she had trouble walking the runway in a black velvet dress, the crowd enthusiastically cheered her on. Meanwhile, Jane Birkin attracted little attention in the front row, though she told WWD that her “Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Via Japan” tour will hit New York just before Christmas.