It will no doubt be lauded the mane highlight at this season’s Paris Fashion Week. Just before the start of Jean Paul Gaultier’s swan song at Hermès, the curtains of the Halle Freyssinet were pulled back to reveal a paddock filled with frolicking horses ridden by members of the dressage troupe Cavalcade.

Wearing Hermès white riding shirts, commanding chief Mario Luraschi and his team trotted in unison across the make-shift field that was lit with St. Louis crystal chandeliers. In the meantime, Guy Marchand’s dramatic ’La Passionata’ belted from the showspace as Jean Paul Gaultier sent out his farewell women’s collection. The clothes were as haute and horsey as the backdrop, but laced with just a tinge of subversion with leather-clad models suggestively waving their riding crops