To me, there’s nothing better than sitting, sipping coffee and surfing the internet looking for interesting articles (unless it was having coffee with my housemate in Wales, tossing sections of the still brilliant UK Sunday papers back and forth, and eating fresh croissants).
I stumbled across this article in the Guardian (UK) this morning and thought I’d share it with you, along with the beautiful images that were linked. The first Hermès scarf appeared in 1937 and there have been 2,000 different designs since then.
Many designers strive to close the gap between fashion and art, but few succeed. With the creation of its famous scarf in 1937, the House of Hermès invented wearable art at one brilliantly simple stroke. Develop the finest screen-printing techniques possible, cultivate a stable of the most talented graphic designers and textile artists, unleash a riot of creativity and colour laced with motifs drawn from history, mythology, flora, fauna, war, peace, global culture and (but of course) the realm of the horse, et voilà! You have the most desirable, iconic and grown-up 36 square inches of silk in fashion. All this can be yours, by the way, for £228 to around £500.The carré has been beloved by elegant celebrity: Audrey Hepburn, Jackie Onassis, Grace Kelly and Catherine Deneuve were collectors, and in the 50s the Queen wore one on a postage stamp (1972's Regina returned the favour with a floral homage). And no feeling person could browse the ravishing pages of The Hermès Scarf: History And Mystique (Thames & Hudson, £60) without wanting one.But how the deuce does one tie the thing? While the French might fashion it effortlessly into a jaunty neckerchief (cf Romy Schneider), British women of a certain class are more likely to fasten it securely under the chin in preparation for challenging outdoor activity (cf Her Maj).
At the pop-up Hermès store in Liberty last month, fashionistas queued up to learn the correct (chic not mumsy) way to do it. But you may decide simply to refer to 2005's meta-scarf, La Femme au Carré.It is all beautifully French and philosophical, but more to the point it demonstrates la méthode. Add a little black dress, collarbones to die for, a slash of red lipstick and, mama, you will own that Hermès.How many Hermès scarves do you own?