It was, without a shadow of a doubt, the most expensive mechanic's coverall of all times.
As part of its fall-winter 2011-2012 menswear collection, Hermes — the historic Paris saddle-maker that now handcrafts exquisite leather goods and clothing with astronomical price tags — delivered Saturday its take on that most humble of garments. With two small differences: first, Hermes' coverall was in shearling, and second, it would probably cost the yearly salary of the average mechanic.
Besides the coveralls, which came in black and taupe, the collection, by designer Veronique Nichanian, was made up of the tasteful classics that have long been the label's hallmark: Two-button jackets, lightweight flannel, perfectly cut trousers, slim cardigans and long, lean coats.
It was all there — in olive drab and navy tones, punctuated with eye-popping Ceylon and deep Bordeaux. And as per usual with this house of unparalleled workmanship, it was all exquisite.