Gasp-out-loud gor­geous

Her­mès has col­lab­o­rated with SA’s own Ard­more Ce­ram­ics to cre­ate some of the most breath­tak­ing the French man­u­fac­turer has so far pro­duced

CityPress - - Trending - Gar­reth.van­niek­erk@city­press.co.za

When im­ages of two new Her­mès scarves sur­faced last week, cre­ated in col­lab­o­ra­tion with lo­cal de­sign house Ard­more Ce­ram­ics, the fash­ion world found it­self gasp­ing in awe, and a sub­se­quent neck-clutch­ing de­sire paral­y­sis took over.

The scarves are the first in a se­ries of cocre­ated ob­jects due for re­lease this year, and will be the first time any de­sign house in Africa has col­lab­o­rated with the 179-year-old multi­bil­lion-rand com­pany. If the first two scarves are any­thing to go by, this might just be Her­mès’ finest col­lab­o­ra­tion.

The larger of the two in the se­ries of scarves (car­rés, as they are known) is made from the silk of 250 mul­berry moths and is handstitched and coloured in ded­i­cated scarf head­quar­ters in Lyon, France, where Her­mès farms its silk.

The sprawl­ing piece, ti­tled La Marche du Zam­bèze (a 90cm x 90cm beauty) fea­tures an ele­phant, which the Her­mès web­site says “sym­bol­ises fam­ily and power”, around which an­i­mals and flora of the Zam­bezi ro­tate. The other, called The Sa­vana Dance, shows a vervet mon­key be­ing chased by a leop­ard at the cen­tre, and is in­ter­wo­ven with huge proteas and Zulu sym­bols. They both come in nine colours, so the de­signs look dif­fer­ent each time.

De­signer Megan Bern­ing worked with her sis­ter, Cather­ine, and her mother, Fée Hal­sted (the founder of Ard­more), to bring the work of Ard­more artists Zinhle and Jabu Nene, Sid­ney Nyam­beze and Vir­ginia Xaba to life.

Megan told #Trend­ing this week: “When my mom met with the Her­mès de­sign team af­ter they pro­posed a col­lab­o­ra­tion at a meet­ing at an ex­hi­bi­tion of ours in Paris, they asked if we could come up with the scarf de­sign. So we worked on can­vas, draw­ing in­spi­ra­tion from pic­tures they showed us of what they had in mind.

“We wanted to give them a sense of Ard­more, but also in­clude the sense of our cre­ative spirit in Africa.”

It is said 25 Her­mès scarves are sold ev­ery se­cond, so you bet­ter get one now – but con­sid­er­ing the cur­rent ex­change rate (they retail for about R6 500) and the fact that they can­not be bought at Her­mès branches in South Africa, us mere mor­tals might just have to ad­mire this his­toric mo­ment from afar.

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The gi­ant new Her­mes scarf from the Spring/Sum­mer 2016 Col­lec­tion has been pro­duced in col­lab­o­ra­tion with lo­cal de­sign house Ard­more Ce­ram­ics

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