Vermillion Marwari—the pink details slay me
Hermès Marwari Shawl in Vermillion/Cobalt/Brun
A close up of the central Marwari horse
Given how much time can pass between AA posts these days, some posts just need to revel in beauty. If you’ve been following the thread at the Purse Forum about the Hermès F/W 2014 scarves and shawls, you’ve seen how fully the Marwari design has captured my focus this season. If not, then prepare yourself. It’s a stunning display of color . . .
The most recent piece has been the Vermillion Marwari shawl. I don’t think there’s a more perfect shawl for me in existence. In every way, it fits me—my complexion, my adoration of Rajasthan, my wardrobe. It’s the sort of piece that makes me wonder if I could throw everything out and live simply in it.
It also created a devastating revelation: Hermès cashmere shawls give me hives. Okay, not hives—but certainly red, itchy bumps. This shawl was the worst of them, but it’s evident across the board that there’s something in the fixing of the dyes (or the dyes themselves) that are very irritating to my over-active, delicate skin. After reaching out to other scarf owners, as well as visiting Hermès to ask in person, I took the plunge—or, rather, the shawls did, right into a bucket of water. Washing them helped immensely, but what a fright! It gives me pause about adding others as they remain slightly irritating some days . . .
The Marwari shawls: violet, vermillion, bleu roi, rose vif, and jaune vif
Nonetheless, I adore these dearly and pull them out almost everyday. Look at them! How can one resist?
And the small collection of Mawari 90cm dip dyes: Bleu Pale, Vert Tilleul, & Grenadine
In fact, I think resistance can come only through another Marwari format: the 90cm silk dip dye. I cannot describe the suede-like softness of these. Words would fail. So instead, I’ll indicate actions. First, I brought back into my wardrobe the aubergine Brides de Gala dip dye that’s been at Jan’s Its-All-Goode for the past year—how fortunate for me it was one of only two scarves that didn’t find a new home. Second, I also started collecting another design: Jungle Love. That’s right. My scarf drawer has suddenly exploded with 90cm silk scarves.
They feel so good against the neck. And the colors . . . I can match them with the shawls. That way, my neck never need have red cashmere bumps again . . .
The final Marwari in my collection this season (so far?)—the bleu pale with mauve and bronze details (worn simply with a striped tee)
It’s rare that Hermès—or any fashion house—brings back our most favored design or piece. I have
three more Marwari pieces—nope, just two now, as I purchased the bleu roi shawl this Saturday—to see from this season, and then I’ll have considered them all. I may—or may not— bring more into my closet. I’ll have to see. I’m saying I’m finished now(!). No matter what, I can’t imagine being more delighted than I am already.
Do you have a deeply held favorite design by a house, whether Hermès or another?