|Silk scarf: Vintage Salvatore Ferragamo|
I always loved the idea of wearing scarves more but never got into the practice of it. After learning a few head wraps and scarf tying tricks, I'm hooked. Honestly, every woman should have a few silk scarves in their closet. They are so versatile can be worn as head wraps, traditional neck scarves, tied onto purses, even as belts or as a tops.
Here were my top resources for scarf tying techniques:
1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u5QNfAtffqE Looks like a an 80s video from Russia, but actually, um, current. She is the best.
2. http://www.keikolynn.com/2011/07/head-scarf-tutorial.html A good example of one head scarf method.
3. http://pinterest.com/stmedusa/scarves/ My pinterest board for scarves.
All the scarves pictured in my photos were purchased from Ebay. They were all used, stain free, professionally cleaned and in excellent condition. I've been a regular designer label buyer on Ebay for years, and my advice is to buy only from sellers with a long history of sales of designer items (over a couple hundred) with little to no negative feedback (99%-100% rating).
If you are thinking of buying a used Hermes scarf, this site http://piwigo.hermesscarf.com/ is an excellent reference to verify the authenticity of a scarf you are purchasing. My particular scarf, Roseraie, was designed in 1990 by Christian Vauzelles. It was listed on Ebay as a "vintage 1990" scarf. However, I don't consider anything that existed while I was a teen to be vintage :(
|Sil scarf: Vintage Gucci Flora scarf, by Accornero, circa 1960s|
This Gucci scarf was designed by Vittorio Accornero. History says it was designed for the Princess Grace of Monaco, as a wedding gift. She visited a Gucci boutique one day and requested a floral scarf . At the time Gucci did not have any floral silk scarves, so they commissioned the illustrator, Vittorio Accornero, to design a print. The Flora motif is a whimsical explosion of spring blossoms and beautifully illustrated insects and butterflies. In 2004, Frida Giannini, at the time the Creative for Gucci accessories, recommissioned the print in Gucci's accessories - bags, shoes, etc. Apparently it wasn't well received by critics. However, it became a commercial success for Gucci and she was promoted to Creative Director in 2006. I know, because I still have a pair of Gucci Flora silk shoes that I bought in 2004. I still wear them and they are near perfect condition.
|Silk scarf: Hermes Roseraie, circa 1990|