One Jamdani, Two

If one Hermès Jamdani stole is fabulous, two is even more so...

If one Hermès Jamdani stole is fabulous, two is even more so…

This summer has seen an explosion of goodness in my scarf drawer as you’ve all noticed.  It wasn’t planned.  For a long time, I’ve been focused on editing down the scarf selection to my best, as well as on building a bag wardrobe.  The closely guarded secret—that of course I’ll share with you—is that many, if not most, of these Hermès bags cost less than a boutique-sourced Hermès shawl.  Yes, it’s true.  As a result, scarves can seem frighteningly expensive in comparison—which they are.  Expensive, I mean.  Absolutely.

So upon diving into this scarf fervor, I made sure to know what I want.  Part of that has been listening to what I need (sartorially, not existentially—I’m no minimalist) in the process of getting dressed.  Since late spring, this has been light-colored scarves.  Things to go with white, ivory, cream, and blush pink/peach.  That’s what motivated the first rush of scarves arriving in the mailbox, from the yellow Au Fil de la Soie to the Rosée shawl to the handwoven Jamdani.

I’ve loved having such light-colored pieces.  They get used often because so easy to grab, stuff in a bag, or drape around the shoulders while also feeling very fresh and summery.

Ivory and gold next to ivory and brown

Ivory and gold next to ivory and brown

The golden Jamdani stole shimmers in the light

The golden Jamdani stole shimmers in the light

So when the opportunity arose to acquire a second Jamdani, I didn’t hesitate, even though it is very similar to the firs.  Rather than weaving the jamdani motifs in brown, this second weaves them in with golden threads.  I find the difference striking despite the closeness of the two.  The gold is dressier, more refined; the brown feels more solidly connected to the fingers that hand-wove it and the earth cleaned by monsoon rains.

Do you wear pale shawls and scarves in the summer?

Posted in Hermès, Scarves

Storm Skies

Central Park, the Reservoir—before a summer storm

Central Park, the Reservoir—before a summer storm

Many mornings, rain or shine, find me in Central Park.  I try to begin the day with a long, looping walk through the park, and doing two loops makes me feel even better.

Mid-August in NYC has been oddly mild.  Rather than the temperatures and humidity soaring, it’s been the opposite—resulting in open windows, fresher walks, and greater happiness all the way around.  This was inaugurated by a summer storm sweeping in with grand cloud formations.  The view of the skies from the Central Park Reservoir was awe-inspiring.

Central Park, the Reservoir

Central Park, the Reservoir

Central Park, the Reservoir

Central Park, the Reservoir

Central Park, the Reservoir

Central Park, the Reservoir

Central Park, the Reservoir

Central Park, the Reservoir

Central Park, the Reservoir

Central Park, the Reservoir

Central Park, the Reservoir

Central Park, the Reservoir

May awe-inspiring skies be sweeping over you today wherever you are.

Posted in New York

Rosée and Rosy

Hermès Rosée changeant mousseline stole + Rosy Swift Jigé Elan

Hermès Rosée changeant mousseline stole & cotton/silk Cherche H stole + Rosy Swift Jigé Elan

As the last of summer unfolds, I’m holding summer flowers and summer colors close.

What’s on plan for you this weekend?

 

Posted in Bags, Hermès, Scarves, Wardrobe Update

Seeing THE MAIDS

What does one wear to see Cate Blanchett and Isabel Huppert perform?  Talk about sartorial anxiety!

What does one wear to a special theatre performance?

This past weekend, MP set up something very special.  He arranged a day at the theatre.

I don’t often attend the theatre.  Indeed, I don’t often attend anything where I must park myself for a long time, from movies to concerts to book readings (aye, this is so).  But when MP called with the details of this spectacular event, I had to trill yes.

For 10 days, Cate Blanchett and Isabel Huppert would perform in Jean Genet’s THE MAIDS.  And we would get to see them.

H&M Eco Consciousness collection lace top and embroidered trousers—paired with Hermès Licorne shawl and Rosy Swift Jigé Elan and pale pink ballerinas

H&M Eco Consciousness collection lace top and embroidered trousers—paired with Hermès Licorne shawl and Rosy Swift Jigé Elan and pale pink ballerinas

MP acquired impeccable seats—first row center in the first tier above the orchestra.  From such a position, we had full view of the stage and the actresses as they sank into the struggles of two sisters fantasizing about the death of their spoiled, selfish mistress.  It was gripping—a tour de force on the part of all three actresses, including the woman playing the socialite mistress.  Their faces, their madness, their fantastical rage . . . Magnifique.

The lace is heavenly, even in the middle of summer

The lace is heavenly, even in the middle of summer

I love how this shawl echoes the color of the clutch, providing a burst of soft radiance against the ivory.

I love how this shawl echoes the color of the Rosy Swift Jigé clutch, providing a burst of soft radiance against the ivory.

In preparing for attending the performance, I indulged in a bit of theatricality myself.  Two grand pieces from the H&M Consciousness collection—the lace off-the-shoulder blouse and the appliqué tussar silk trousers—were married with two special Hermès pieces—the Songe de la Licorne shawl and a Rosy Jigé clutch I’ve been quietly saving for a while now.  The serenity of ivory seemed to gain a glow from the coral pinks and peaches.  The combination has turned my head, and I wish to wear it in some combination all the time now.

What would you wear to a grand summer performance?

Posted in Bags, Daily Vestment, Hermès, New York, Scarves, The Arts, Vestiary, Wardrobe Update

Summer Treats

Oh, sweet summer . . .

Oh, sweet summer . . .

With summer’s unfolding, I’ve been eating lots and lots of fruits—so much so that I forgot the power of the simple cake cookie.  Then I made a batch of Madeleines for a dinner last week, and the deliciousness knocked me in the head.

Even better—pairing fruit with Madeleines.  This is an afternoon goûter to write home about.

What is your favorite afternoon treat?

Posted in Taste