Art meets fashion in Hermès FW’21 collection of silk scarves

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As far as fashion investments go, one can always count on French legacy brand Hermès to offer aesthetes plenty to choose from. Take the maison’s now-iconic silk scarf for instance—a time-defying heirloom accessory that is worthy of top-drawer status no matter the season, one that promises to furnish any repertoire with uncontested poise.

The Lazy Leopardesses by Swiss artist Arlette Ess

First created in 1937 by Robert Dumas, it featured a group of men and women playing a board game from the 1800s. This paved the way for the scarves future iterations—narratives laced with humour, imagination, stories and vivid hues. Over the years, the 90cm canvas of these creations has been inspired by everything from the House’s equestrian roots and the Émile Hermès collection to geometry, flora, fauna and travel. 

For the fall/winter 2021 Women’s Silk collection, the themes were the result of artistic collaborations. Today, we live in a world unlike one we’ve ever witnessed before. So, it’s only fitting that the French Maison was driven by novelty for this collection—new drawings, colours, materials and combinations. The roots were laid during the Grand Prix du Carré Hermès 2019, where 5,500 creatives from 123 countries—think artists, graphic designers and illustrators—presented their work to a jury helmed by the brand’s artistic director Pierre-Alexis Dumas. We see the works of the three winners, who reimagined the iconic scarf, in this line. 

The Lazy Leopardesses by Hermès depicts majestic cats

 Borrowing equally from their respective heritage and the brand’s savoir faire, each designer has created inimitable collectibles. Japanese artist Kohei Kyomori’s ‘Duo Cosmique’ is a tribute to Japanese culture and the traditional patterns seen in kimonos. It is also a metaphor for the tantric Buddhism philosophy of ‘A-un’ that signifies the beginning and end of all things. Thai artist Terawat Teankaprasith sought inspiration in his country’s craft tradition of drying water hyacinth to be woven into different objects. This is represented in the woven horse pattern on the scarf, named ‘Masan & Masan’. With ‘Lazy Leopardesses’ Swiss artist Arlette Ess depicts the majestic cats at ease, enjoying a well-earned nap. 

With ‘Lazy Leopardesses’ Swiss artist Arlette Ess depicts the majestic cats at ease, enjoying a well-earned napThe woven horse pattern on the scarf is named ‘Masan & Masan’The Carré Masan & Masan by HermèsHermès' Masan & Masan pattern The Duo cosmique scarf in silk twill  
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