Hortensias

Hortensias, Central Park

Hortensias, Central Park

Hortensias, Central Park

Hortensias, Central Park

A Last Flash of Summer . . .

I took these photographs early in summer during a walk in central park.  Hydrangeas are one of my favorite flowers—they have been for twenty years.  I would they could stay fresh and white and fluffy all year long.

Bye, bye summer . . . till next year . . .

Posted in New York

Grenadine Marwari

Hermès Marwari Dip Dye 90cm in Grenadine/Corail/Rouge

Hermès Marwari Dip Dye 90cm in Grenadine/Corail/Rouge

Hermès Marwari Dip Dye 90cm in Grenadine/Corail/Rouge

Hermès Marwari Dip Dye 90cm in Grenadine/Corail/Rouge

Hermès Marwari Dip Dye 90cm in Grenadine/Corail/Rouge

Hermès Marwari Dip Dye 90cm in Grenadine/Corail/Rouge

I told you.  La Danse du Cheval Marwari is my favorite Hermès scarf design.

Last Friday, the Glamazon came down to the city, and we arranged to meet at Wall Street.

Let me clue you on to a little secret:

Wall Street Hermès is everything they say.

Warm, engaging, fun.

Each visit to Wall Street with the Glamazon is an hour or more of scarf play time—thanks, of course, to a truly fabulous sales associate with the best eye for color and design this side of the Atlantic.  He puts both of us in scarves we would never consider—and they are amazing.

This one, though—this one I’ve been on the look out for for weeks.  The red dip dye Marwari.  You can find it online, but as often is the case, the online photograph is nothing like the scarf itself.  When the sale associate unfolded it, the Glamazon and I gasped.

I’ve never seen a red like this at Hermès—it’s called grenadine.  It’s a true cross between corail and rouge (rouge being one of my favorite H reds for scarves, as it’s very clear and neutral).  It’s so rich, and in the dip dye, the silk almost shimmers.  The scarf itself positively glows.

I grabbed it right away.  I didn’t even have to try it on, as I’ve been falling deeply for the coral colors this past year, including with lipstick.  But of course I threw it on with delight.  The Glamazon also tried it—and it was perfect with her cool porcelain skin and red hair, so I believe this scarf will compliment a range of skin tones and hair colors.

So yes—I’ve returned to the 90cm scarves.  I’ve returned to the fold.  The supreme softness of dip dyes doesn’t hurt, either.  I put it on to relax at home on the weekend, just airy silk, airy cotton, and me.  Who needs jewelry and all that fluff?

Hermès Marwari Dip Dye 90cm in Grenadine/Corail/Rouge

Hermès Marwari Dip Dye 90cm in Grenadine/Corail/Rouge

Posted in Hermès, Scarves

Parade de Leonhardi FW2014

Hermès Parade de Leonhardi 70cm Carré Vintage FW2014

Hermès Parade de Leonhardi 70cm Carré Vintage FW2014

Hermès Parade de Leonhardi 70cm Carré Vintage FW2014

Hermès Parade de Leonhardi 70cm Carré Vintage FW2014

Hermès Parade de Leonhardi 70cm Carré Vintage FW2014

Hermès Parade de Leonhardi 70cm Carré Vintage FW2014

Hermès Parade de Leonhardi 70cm Carré Vintage FW2014

Hermès Parade de Leonhardi 70cm Carré Vintage FW2014

I’ve said it before, and I’ll happily keep saying it—the Fall/Winter 2014 Hermès scarf collection is the best in years.  I keep falling in love.

My love for the Marwari design knows no bounds, but other designs captivate also.  As soon as the images started appearing a few months ago, one 70cm vintage carré design in particular stood out: Parade de Leonhardi by Sylvia Kerr.  I saved the various online images in my computer file for scarves to watch out for, as well as sent them to a very special Bergdorf’s associate.

The scarf comes in a number of luscious colorations, but this one made me clap in delight: Noir/Beige/Violet.  In addition to the striking violet border, the interior sports a surprising brique red.  And the black and white chess-board pattern … Long before it arrived in the boutiques, I would show it to fellow H lovers and called it the perfect scarf.  And it is.  An astonishing combination of cool and warm colors plus the black and white—this scarf goes with pretty much everything in my closet.

I adore the 70cm format.  It’s soft, and the end hits just the right spot when I tie it in a simple knot.  Not too long, not too short—just right.  I feel jaunty in it, which can be hard to do with a super bourgeois silk scarf.

How is the new FW2014 scarf collection from Hermès hitting you?

Posted in Hermès, Scarves

Considering a Rose Colored Autumn

Rose Vif Marwari GM shawl with shearling black jacket by Ralph Lauren

Rose Vif Marwari GM shawl with shearling black jacket by Ralph Lauren

Rose Vif Marwari GM shawl with black tee and skirt

Rose Vif Marwari GM shawl with black tee and skirt

The weather goes up and down in New York.  Some days or weeks are exceptionally humid and hot, but others are so fresh with cool air and wind.

This gets me excited for fall.  The Marwari shawls are waiting to nestle me in their soft warmth.  For the most part, of course, I’ve kept them in their boxes—no need to sweat all over them and all.  But the few times it’s been cool and windy enough to pull them on while sitting on the rooftop patio, they have been so soft.  Light and soft and delicately warm—these are the descriptions I would give to the shawls so far.

A while back at tPF, fellow scarf lovers were wondering how the rose vif would work with a black wardrobe.  Smart question—this is something any urban woman needs to think about.  So I pulled out my favorite black jacket and wrapped the rose vif Marwari around me.  Love it.  I adore the combination.

So I’m looking forward to the cool air rushing in.  I would enjoy nestling into scarves again.

What are you most looking forward to with fall?

Posted in Hermès, Scarves

All the Pretty Windows

Hermès Madison Windows, Sept 2014

Hermès Madison Windows, Sept 2014

Hermès Madison Windows, Sept 2014

Hermès Madison Windows, Sept 2014

Hermès Madison Windows, Sept 2014

Hermès Madison Windows, Sept 2014

Hermès Madison Windows, Sept 2014

Hermès Madison Windows, Sept 2014

On a late summer evening, few things are nicer than:

Wine

A foreign film

A small walk up and down 5th and Madison Avenues

and some Hermès windows

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What have you been up to?

I’ve been working hard, and it feels worth it last evening—seeing projects finish, starting to develop the packaging of some new business services, and stopping by Bergdorf’s to pick up a 70cm scarf I’ve been waiting impatiently to hit Stateside.

Cheers!

Posted in Hermès, New York