June 29, 2013 Paris
It's the confidence that comes with a quarter-century of anticipating what the most demanding clientele in the world might be wanting. She can probably do luxury with her eyes closed at this point. That is always clearest with Nichanian's use of skins. Here, there was nothing as overt as the sumptuous croc that occasionally crops up in Hermès menswear, but she used silvery lambskin like it was cotton. That said, it was actually cotton and linen, the plainer fabrics, that defined the collection, so light and summery and invitingly casual. Nichanian knows that leisure is clearly luxury for those demanding clients.