House of Carrés

The National - News - Luxury - - THE STYLE LIST - Couleur will also be for sale on­line at www.dover­street­mar­ket.com from this month. The Noir et Blanc from April 1. Each de­sign is lim­ited to 200 pieces. Prices are avail­able on re­quest.

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t’s Her­mès, but not as we know it. This is one of the high­lights of the new Commes des Carrés scarf col­lec­tion, the rather sur­pris­ing col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the lux­ury goods house and Rei Kawakubo, the mav­er­ick de­signer be­hind the very mod­ernist Ja­panese la­bel Commes des Garçons. Kawakubo was in­vited by Her­mès to “reimag­ine” a se­lec­tion of de­signs from its ar­chives. A er brows­ing 250 scarves from the 1950s to the 1970s, she re­designed 12, in­cor­po­rat­ing the bold geo­met­ric, dots and checks and idio­syn­cratic touches syn­ony­mous with Commes des Garçons so that the scarves carry sig­na­ture el­e­ments of each house. Thus, a marine print from the 1950s is su­per­im­posed with polka-dots; the clas­sic eques­trian de­sign, orginally from the 1970s, is cov­ered with chess­board squares. “I was look­ing for­ward to the change that would hap­pen when I added some­thing to the beau­ti­ful paint­ings of Her­mès scarf de­signs,” Kawakubo says. “Through the ad­di­tion of ab­stract im­ages, we have cre­ated some­thing new.” As with all Her­mès scarves, which are made in Lyon (due to the qual­ity of the silk mills there) the 19th-cen­tury process of en­grav­ing the de­sign, print­ing and colour­ing it, means that each de­sign has been two years in the mak­ing. The col­lec­tion goes on sale this month in two parts. The first, Noir et Blanc, features five scarves with ab­stract black and white de­signs and is avail­able ex­clu­sively in Comme des Garçons shops in Paris, New York and Tokyo. The sec­ond, named Couleur, features six scarves and will be re­served for the Dover Street Mar­ket in Lon­don and Tokyo.

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