Today I want to show you two scarves – sisters – that share the same design in a different colourway. It shows very well how completely different two scarves of the same design can look, depending on the colours.
De la Mer au Ciel is a design that was launched in 2014 (the year of Metamorphosis) and it was created by Laurence Bourthoumieux (who signs her work with the nom de plume Toutsy). It is in the classic size, 90x90cm.
De la Mer au Ciel depicts a scene of sea and sky, where the fish emerge from the water on one side and turn into birds, on the other side the metamorphosis runs in the other direction, birds turn into fish again and go back into the churning sea. Clouds and waves intermingle in this rather busy design, but there is a softness to it that attracts me, a curvy symmetry that is both dynamic and whimsical.
The first scarf is done in neutral colours: grey, navy, black and a soft off-white give us a rather sombre image of sea and sky.
The second one has a lighter athmosphere. Beige, vanilla. soft green and a bright corally red make up the scene here and promptly we get to see it in a wholly different light.
A very interesting thing about this scarf is also its versatility when tied. You can have a grey scarf or a blue one, depending on the diagonal you choose to show when folded.
Same with the light colourway, I can choose which corners to show, which diagonal to fold along to get very different results.
This is how they look when worn around the neck.
Let’s have a look at a few details now. The centre shows the scarf’s name as well as the swirly centre of the churning sea.
The details are clearer in the lighter colourway, while in the darker one you have to actively go looking for the fish and plants.
Here we see fish swimming in a coral reef, again the lighter colours provide a clearer picture, while the darker one seems more abstract.
I love this design because it is tapping into my love for the magical. The circle of fish turning into birds turning into fish seems so beautiful to me. The fish gaining the skies, even for only a short time seems hopeful and optimistic. It is not exactly how evolution worked, but that is not the point of the design anyway, it is a flight of fancy rather than a nod to Darwin.
I bought the first (dark) one through h.com and found the second one after a long search on usa.h.com, which is tantalizingly inaccessible for Europeans. But that is what fumie friends are for, isn’t it? Enter Daisy, an amazing food blogger, perfume fiend and great friend who resides in New York City. She nabbed the scarf for me, had it delivered to the Madison Avenue store where I picked it up on my trip to NY last November. Surely another story of acquisition I will never forget.
Do you like this design? Do you prefer one scarf over the other? Which one and why?