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Hermès is eschewing the holiday-window silliness in favor of an adventurous installation by New York-based Russian artist Aga Ousseinov. Alternative Methods of Flying sets off the brightly colored scarves around some sculpted heads with industrial arms and Hermès gloves.
Ousseinov, who has a special affinity for maps, plays up the house's equestrian roots with a display of saddles, boots, and the Hermès Evelyne messenger bag, which we've heard is modeled after the stable bags carried by grooms. Hermès has been reemphasizing its horsey roots lately and will be sponsoring an equestrian event at the Grand Palais in April.
Finally, a spidery, black-and-white map with an enormous dragonfly serves as a background for another industrial arm with an artist's model hand displaying some of the house's fragrances.
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