Monday, 27 September 2010
I was very sad today to learn of the passing of French born dress designer Catherine Walker. Best known for her designs for the late Diana, Princess of Wales, Catherine Walker's designs were always the epitome of style and elegance. I think the fashion world has lost a wonderful designer. You may see some of Catherine Walker's fabulous designs on her website: http://www.catherinewalker.com/
Saturday, 25 September 2010
Up until about 2000 Hermès produced some scarves on a jacquard silk fabric. Most famous perhaps is the Napoleon scarf with it's bees woven into the weave of the silk. Bees because that was Napoleon's emblem and I wonder if also because traditionally bees are said to achieve the impossible?
and here a close up of the jacquard
I have been lucky enough to acquire 7 scarves featuring a jacquard silk - lucky because you can no longer buy them from Hermès themselves as the silk is too expensive to produce these days.
I have 4 Carnevale de Venise/Fetes Venitiennes and these feature a lute and mandolin in the jacquard - Hermès usually reflect a feature of the scarf design in the jacquard.
Carnevale de Venise
Carnevale de Venise x 2
L'Instruction du Roi features little horsemen again reflecting the design and I really like this one!
My final scarf is a Christmas scarf called Joies d'Hiver and this shows Victorian skaters and, no surprises, the jacquard is skating couples which you can see in the photo below:
and here a close up of the jacquard
It would be wonderful if Hermès would reintroduce the jacquard silk as they sell lots of other scarves in what are (IMHO) equally expensive fabrics!
If you would like to find out more about these lovely scarves I found a great web page HERE which gives a background to the jacquard weave and a list of the designs issued by Hermès.
Posted by Scarf Addict at 10:44
Thursday, 16 September 2010
I went to Stockholm the weekend before last to see the exhibition of royal wedding dresses at The Royal Armouries. I have never been to Scandinavia before and I really liked Stockholm! Here is a first view of the city.
The Old town - or Gamla Stan - was really pretty with lots of medieval cobbled streets to wander along and lots of lovely little shops.
The main square in Gamla Stan, Stortorget, was the scene of a bloody massacre in 1520 hence why the house you see on the left below is painted red - for the blood that was spilled!!
When we came out of the T-Bana metro station into Gamla Stan there was a nice flower seller and a fruit and vegetable stall - you may just be able to see the red lingonberries, top left in this picture, which are a native berry found in Sweden and which is used to make jams with.
The shops were selling lots of nice things, but it was very expensive!! Here are some cute trolls and the traditional Dala Horse which I think is like a national emblem in Sweden.
More trolls and Dala horses.
Posted by Scarf Addict at 10:34
Saturday, 11 September 2010
I really like "Ex Libris en Camouflage" but I did not want another 90cm scarf so the gavroche version was the perfect alternative. I was torn between the monotone black/white/grey version or the lovely pink/red/coral needlesss to say I went for the latter, although I do think I may still end up with a monotone one at some point! I like red and pink together so this scarf was perfect for me.
Here worn cowboy style and below I folded it in the basic bias and just tied it around the neck at the back.
My next find at FSH was "Pour Sortir" a lovely design of horses in blankets.
I tied the scarf like a collar here which shows off all the colours well.
I must just tell you that when I checked my bill at Hermès FSH they had overcharged me quite considerably - I think they charged the gavroche as a 90cm as the design exists in both sizes this season!!! I had to argue with the check out lady but it was a good job I know my prices - so please, please, always check your bill before entering your PIN number!!!
My final find was at the airport as I had been unable to get this particular colourway of Quand Soudain at FSH so I felt lucky to find this one! This is another 70cm vintage style scarf.
I really like this design and it is very popular amongst scarf collectors - it is a cartoon strip by Dimitri Rybaltchenko and I love the orange awnings on the shops and FSH! It is a little difficult to tie this scarf to show the horse so I just wore it cowboy (again)!
Hope you like my finds - I am now just looking for a purple La Vie du Grand Nord and that should be IT for AW10!!
Posted by Scarf Addict at 09:24
Friday, 10 September 2010
The leg room was not brilliant and I wondered if maybe they packed in a few more seats on this very short flight seeing as it was sold at a bargain price?!!I only saw Economy and First Class - Business was upstairs. A nice touch from Air France was a flight certificate handed out to all passengers.
Once in Paris I made a mad dash to Hermès FSH before it closed on Saturday and I did find a couple of things - the Hermès horseman was flying 2 yellow "H Comme Histoires" scarves.
In the evening we went to Montmartre to our favourite little restaurant and I had my beloved onion soup!
On Sunday the shops in Paris are all shut so we finally made it to the Musee d'Orsay. I was blown away with the beauty of the Impressionist paintings in the museum. Sadly the museum is undergoing renovation so not all the paintings are on display, but what we did see were amazing - beautiful Renoirs, Monets, Van Gogh, Manet, Pissaro, Degas etc - I can highly recommend a visit!! I discovered an artist I had never heard of before - Jean Béraud and I loved his "Une Soiree" painting - I managed to find photo of it and here it is:-
Photo from www.allposters.co.uk
After the museum we had lunch and a rest and then went to a cake shop and bought some cakes which were delicicous!
Coco Dome and Framboise:-
On Monday it was a very early start for the flight back to the UK but the airport has a Hermès;-) and I got lucky again - and no that is not my purchases being loaded into the hold LOL!
Whilst waiting for our connecting flight home we stopped by Gordon Ramsay's "Plane Food" restaurant at Heathrow for lunch - we had a lovely pea, broad bean and Dolcelatto risotto - yummy!
Please look out for my next blog when I shall post pics of the Hermès goodies!!
Posted by Scarf Addict at 09:07