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Feminism's place in fashion

With the end of the spring 2015 runway season, Robin Givhan considers how fashion houses have regarded the roles of women and their relationship with the industry

Paris

HERMES presented the final collection of the spring 2015 season. It arrived like a sigh of relief on Wednesday evening. Tucked into the Luxembourg Gardens, inside a greenhouse relieved of its plants and transformed into an indoor Sahara, the show was filled with timeless clothes of exquisite luxury. Fluid ivory trousers looked as comfortable as pajamas. Roomy pullover sweaters fell with the weight of indulgent summer cashmere. And sand-coloured walking shorts - crocodile walking shorts - were remarkably elegant with only the barest hint of ostentation.

Hermes has always been one of the rare collections that eschews trends and aims to speak to a woman who prefers quality over quantity. The...

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