Our series of hidden beauty (here) takes a break today, to give way to a kind of beauty that is right out there in the open, that is an end in itself, that has no other goal than to be beautiful – Hermès silk scarfs.
What I love most about them are the colors. I wear a uniform of neutrals, mostly black, dark brown, navy and dark grey, so this is how I add color and interest to my wardrobe.
In the world of Hermès orange is a neutral.
My first Hermès scarf was a gift from an old boyfriend, it is safe to say this was the best thing he ever did… Turqueries II, 90cm Carré
This one is called Brides Rebelles, 90cm Carré. My husband gave it to me for a birthday many years ago. Pink is very much my color, even if I often restisted it in order not to appear too girlish.
This Swingin’ St Germain 70cm Vintage Carré has a fantastic design that I like to look at more than wear it, because some scarfs are fantastic when folded, but this one is better when simply admired.
Mademoiselle Soie, 45cm Pochette is a small format that is very practical when it is warmer or when you want somehing chic, fun and low maintenance. Mine has the distinction of not only smelling deliciously of Roja Dove’s Unspoken, but also having been complimented by Roja Dove himself (who was wearing a fantastic scarf called Ex Libris en Kimono the day I met him).
I was drawn to this design called Cent Plis de Miao, 90cm Carré both by the name and the colorway. It depicts a skirt that is intricately pleated, which is worn by the women of the Miao tribe in China.
Circuit Faubourg 24, 90cm Carré is probably the scarf I wear the most. The colors are extremely versatile and the abstract pattern of Chain d’Ancre links looks great no matter how the scarf is folded.
Parures de Maharajah, 90cm Carré is my latest acquisition, it joined the club last Christmas. It is so delicately and intricately beautiful, I am almost hesitant to wear it. It’s light colorway is suited to spring, so as soon as the temperatures rise again, it will come out for sure.
Virages 70cm Vintage Carré is a workhorse scarf. It adds a bright splash of color and I find abstract (and symmetrical) designs to be more easily wearable in general.
My Hermès scarves are a huge source of joy for me. They are expensive, but they make an entire outfit. My clothes are mostly from H&M, but a scarf makes me look like a million bucks and will never be ill-fitting or out of style. It is an investment in my wardrobe that makes sense to me.
And here is a final snapshot of the mothership (well, the small Viennese one at least). A pilgrimage to 24 rue Faubourg St Honoré is still in my future…