Here’s a travel advisory that’ll stand no matter the time or destination: Acing holiday/work trip chic is never about how much you pack, but what you pack. Just ask singer/model/influencer Iman Fandi.
While some celebrities and style stars attending Paris Fashion Week might bring enough luggage to fill their hotel rooms, the 20-year-old had just two suitcases when she joined Female for the Fall/Winter 2020 season in March, her first PFW experience. (FYI: This included a carry-on to store her coat.)
A seasoned traveller who’s used to flying solo for modelling jobs, influencer trips and to further her budding career as a pop star (find out more about her recent collaborative single Stay Home on her Instagram), she points out that it helps that she’s naturally organised. Being organised however does not always equate to street style gold moments such as hers.
Cue the ’70s boho rock star get-up she put together to attend her first show, Hermes, by pairing a fuzzy sweater, aviator-style jacket, knee-high boots and scarf – worn as a bandana – from the French luxury label with her own mini skirt. Armed with more pieces from the maison, she turned heads again with her artful, effortless ability to mix and match: a lambskin coat from Hermes Spring/Summer 2020 thrown over a tight printed tee and baggy jeans, lending the hype-worthy get-up polish; a knit top-and-mini-skirt combo from the same collection and aforementioned boots for a day of shows and sightseeing; more of its silk scarves worn to liven up a long-sleeved logo tee for a casual dinner or as a hair-tie on board the plane.
Hermes is synonymous with exquisite craftsmanship and practicality. Many however often forget that the brand also possesses a discreet sense of playfulness, which is probably what Nadege Vanhee-Cybulski – its artistic director of women’s ready-to-wear – meant when she described her designs as “more confident than quiet” in an exclusive interview with Female. It’s also an apt description of Iman and her style philosophy, whether she’s jet-setting or not.
Tune into the video above for her lesson on mixing and matching and travelling chic, then browse the gallery below for some of the items she sported along with more travel-appropriate accessories from Hermes’ latest collection.
A summer-appropriate outer thanks to its comfortable, lightweight material and subtly perforated finish; a palladium metal clasp helps keep it fastened when worn closed.
Contrasting bands in chestnut brown lend an arty edge while the open back on the top adds an unexpected sensuality – a fuss-free two-piece that easily carries one from casual to cocktail.
What looks like an understatedly chic mini shift dress from the front in fact comes with a cheeky twist. The cross back, apron-style cut of the top exposes just the right amount of skin on the back, which also means multiple styling options including layering it over a turtleneck.
True to Hermes’ theme of the year, “Innovation in the making”, this 90 X 90cm square foulard literally doubles the amount of craftsmanship that goes into the making of the brand’s signature scarves. One side features a comic book-inspired depiction of the Hermes superwoman in French and colour; the other in English and monochrome. (Read: You can pack one less scarf – a travel essential for every fashion fiend – into your luggage.)
Made of laminated cotton with a hood, gusset and snap closure sleeves, this promises to protect one from showers all while evoking the handsome cool of an equestrian rider. Oh, and it’s also designed to be light and easy to pack.
The graphic motif and mix of leather and technical fabric makes this not-just-your-average fanny pack to ward off pickpockets as well as adds a modern, sporty zing to whatever you’re wearing.
A jewellery range that debuted on the Spring Summer 2020 runways, Reponse reinterprets the brand’s signature Chaine d’Ancre links with bolder widths and mirror polished-surfaces while combining – in a first for Hermes – vermeil with silver. What this means: This edgy-meets-sophisticated necklace from the line is the only one you’ll have to pack for your trip.
A statement-making, weekend sojourn-perfect tote in design and workmanship: Every link (drawn from the brand’s signature Chaine d’ancre motif) is crafted from a single piece of leather and the base of this lightweight yet sturdy carryall sports one more link – so you can leave your imprint in the sand when you hit the beach.
An archival style originating as a casual shoulder bag in 1958, the Trim now comes in a chicer, more streamlined option with an adjustable strap that allows it to also be carried as a crossbody. The multi-coloured fringe ups the fun, holiday factor.
The crisscross design is a nod to the supple and elegant shoes worn by men and women who perform Scottish country or highland dances, which only makes this even more charming a pair of casual kicks to explore new cities with.
Designed by the fantastical illustrator Jan Bajtilik – a longtime Hermes collaborator – this nautical-inspired cap gets our thumbs up for its upbeat, child-like print that makes an instant perk-me-up to any outfit. Who cares that it actually hails from the brand’s kids’ department?
Editor Noelle Loh Videographer Phyllicia Wang Subject Iman Fandi
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