As promised, this scarf post is about my newest scarf, Parures de Samouraïs, designed by Aline Honoré for Hermès Spring/Summer 2017 season. This is a silk twill 90cm scarf with Japanese Samurai armour shown in incredible fine detail. It is in high demand, with a great deal of interest being shown in the huge range of different colourways available. I am almost certain that it will become a sought after scarf of the future.
I had a really hard time choosing which colourway to go for. These first two collages shows all of the 12 colourways that have been produced by Hermès. Not all of them will be available at every boutique or on all of the Maison des Carrés websites around the world. Again, be aware that the website images are not quite true to the original colours, to avoid faking. In fact, I spent a long time on The Purse Forum looking at members’ modelling pictures so that I could see the real colours and I also asked for advice, which was very kindly given.
The third collage shows some of the amazing details of this wonderful design. As I don’t own any of the older, classic Hermès scarves, I had not seen detailed work like this before. The only scarf I own that gets anywhere close to this is another one by Aline Honoré, Au Coeur de la Vie, and even that is a reissue that apparently is not as detailed as the original design. This collage below shows close-ups from a number of different colourways. Some of the effects are almost 3-D, with the gorgeous shading. Many thanks to kind tPF members who allowed me to crop their images to use in the collage.
Anyway, this is the colourway that I chose in the end, 07 in cream, aqua and coral. As well as the main colours, the rolled hem is a pale lime green and there are shades of a deep fuchsia, green, pale pink and ice blue. The collage below shows a range of knots that I tried out the other day to showcase the beauty of this scarf.
Scarf knots, clockwise from the top left: cowboy-cowl knot, cowboy-cowl knot reversed, bias fold, asymmetric knot, criss-cross knot, Edo knot, half-bow knot, asymmetric knot reversed. Horn shawl ring by MaiTai.
The scarf story is, as usual, very interesting:
The samurai warriors of medieval Japan had richly ornamented armour. Fourteen such elements from the 14th to the 18th century can be found in this composition designed by Aline Honoré. At the centre is a suit of armour in bronze, iron, gold, leather, silk and lacquer, crafted by two armourers of the Myochin school. This adornment from the Edo period (1615-1868) is certain to have belonged to a daïmio – a rich landowner. The ornamental details feature floral motifs or clan coats of arms. These pieces are preserved at the Ann & Gabriel Barbier‑Mueller Museum in Dallas, United States. This private collection of samurai armour put together by the 3rd and 4th generations of the great art‑collecting family, the Barbier-Muellers, contains close to a thousand pieces and is one of the largest of its kind in the world.
Edited to add the following:
- The Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Museum collection can be seen here.
- An excellent thread with beautiful modelling photos can be found on The Purse Forum here.