Art as Fashion....sounds overused and cheesy, right? But I'm wondering, could it be possible for something to be almost too beautiful to wear. Or vis-versa, could it be that some art should actually be interpreted as fashion. If your confused by what I'm talking about, looking at an Hermes scarf will quickly clear things up for you. It is really my mom who (like she has with most things), turned my awareness to the classic beauty and elegance of an Hermes scarf. They are the instant way to add a who new dimension to a simple outfit and surely catch more than a few envious eyes.
La Femmes aux Semelles de Vent meaning "a woman with winds for her soles" is from the 2009 "Year of Travel"collection. What fascinates me that most about this scarf is the detail and complexity of the pattern. What I love most is that the piece tells a story and uses each, (what looks like a layer) part of it's design to make you fall in love with it. The scarf comes in a variety of other beautiful colorways as well, (my mom has it in 2 other colorways!), but when I saw the scarf at Mitchell's in Westport, CT I knew it was the one.
From the Hermes scarf booklet: Like the rugs and clothing of these regions [Central Asia and the Far East], the carre is bordered with fur bands, here printed on the silk, and embroidered braids, mixing ethnic, geometric or floral patterns, interspersed with pieces of gold-work, charms, and earrings of silver, coral and turquoise.
Although I adore all of my Hermes scarves, this one simply strikes me each and every time that I look at it. I have been thinking about perhaps framing it for my room, but then I think to myself the question I began this post with...is this piece to beautiful to be worn, or too beautiful to simply hang on a wall?