Circa 9am. A ring tone set to the sound of birds chirping and the rumble of my phone awakened me from a comfortable slumber, alerting me to the fact that I’d received a text message.
It was an invitation. I accepted.
I arrived at Notting Hill Gate Station with four minutes to spare before the circle line train came speeding from the tunnel. I strolled the length of the platform and stopped at the end, perching myself on a wooden bench next to a young lady, perhaps in her mid twenties.
“Where did you get your shoes from? They’re really cool!” I remarked. I was drawn to the deep blue hue and distinct style. She went on to say that they were made by an Italian designer named Mauro Leone and that she had bought them from Milan.
Her name was Francesca. We spoke for a few stops and then said our goodbyes as the tube pulled into Sloane Square tube station.
With a casual spring in my step I passed by the high street stores glancing fleetingly at the shop displays whilst admiring the seasonal installations and the giant prints of models hanging neatly in the windows before arriving dead on time at the destination: The Saatchi Gallery.
Much to my surprise, an old friend was working as a tour guide at the Hermes exhibition. She welcomed us (I went with a friend) into the first room which had old French movies projected onto the wall and polka dotted lights swirling around in the darkness.
“What is this?” I wondered to myself.
Although our personal tour guide felt obliged to explain to us the ins and outs of each piece in every room, my mind drifted far away from her dialogue in an attempt to experience what I feel was the essence of the exhibition and what it was initially designed for. The theme being “Flâneur Forever” we meandered from room to room on a premeditated path paved out by its curators.
The primary reason why I accepted the invitation was because Hermes is a name that rang bells louder than a hungry baby, and is a brand that is highly revered in the fashion world for its iconic designs.
And I wasn’t disappointed. In fact, I was mesmerised by the amount of detail that had gone into the set designs that feature much art, fashion, decor, and more, spanning across decades of inspiration.
I won’t describe much else of the actual displays on exhibition, as I wouldn’t want to ruin it for anyone thinking to go, because if you do decide to toddle down to the Hermes exhibition, then your visit should be untainted by expectation or second-hand opinion. So go and witness it for yourself whilst embodying the intended concept: Flâneur Forever. Only then will you internalise the true experience of it all.
The Hermes Exhibition runs from 9th April to May 2nd at The Saatchi Gallery.