Perfume bottles and scarves – my two loves go together well, showing you how well, is the aim of this post.
The first scarf of my collection that I present today is called Quadrige. It is an old design, first brought out in 1976 by Pierre Peron. In 2012 Hermès used the design for a limited edition of their 24 Faubourg Eau de Parfum, which I just had to have. I love the perfume still, albeit from afar as wearing it is just too much for my lungs these days, but its beauty is just as great for the eye as it is for the nose.
Here is what Hermès tells us about the history of the scarf:
A quadrige, or quadriga, is an ancient four-horse, two-wheel chariot usually used for racing. By analogy, “quadriga” also refers to a sculpture representing a quadriga. Famous quadriga sculptures include those at the Grand Palais in Paris, the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin and the one on the Parthenon frieze at the Acropolis Museum. A new version of a scarf from the 70s, “Quadrige” is an exercise in style that plays on interweaving four horse heads and harnesses, like the pieces of a puzzle. Its extremely stylised pattern, graphic look with large full-tone areas, uninterrupted line outlining the horses’ manes, and braided cords around the edge all come together to give the scarf a very fashionable seventies feel. Design by Pierre Péron.
I got my Quadrige scarf second hand from ebay and was overjoyed when I found it in this particular colourway, neutral greys, black and white with a pop of pink.
It was a good deal and though not in perfect condition, I almost relish the fact that this is a workhorse (pun intended) scarf that I can wear without restraint, without worries of staining or damaging it. I just enjoy it. It is one of my most worn scarves.
You can see on the photos above and below that depending on the diagonal it is folded along, the corners look quite different. When I wear it around my neck more often than not an eye of a horse is visible, it looks like it is winking. 😉
The second scarf this week may seem familiar, as I have already shown you its little sister in this post.
Circuit 24 Faubourg is another scarf design that has made it on a limited edition bottle of 24 Faubourg, the perfume. (I wish I had that, if you know where I can find one, please let me know!)
I bought this scarf in 2012 right when it came out because I fell for it hook, line and sinker. It is perfect. The colours, the lines, the clean geometric forms, its dynamic curves and the fact that it looks entirely different when worn than when seen in its entirety.
It is always a good idea to post a pictue of our lovely Portia, and thankfully today I have good reason. When I first met Portia, I was wearing Circuit 24 Faubourg along with a fur collar (from Mai Tai Collection).
I love this photo and still giggle inside when I look at it, because one reader thought Portia was the person on the right side and remarked on our uncannily similar looks. 😉
Finally I leave you with a picture I found of five of the different bottles of 24 Faubourg. The regular, non-limited bottle is the second from left. The others are Jeu des Omnibus et Dames Blanches, Éperon d’Or, Quadrige and 24. There are more out there though…
Completely unrelated but by popular demand and as an addendum to last week’s post, here is a shot of me wearing De la Mer au Ciel in a simple cowboy knot, with the knot tucked under.
Do you know and wear 24 Faubourg? What do you think of limited edition bottles? Frustrating or tantalizing?