Scarves | FASH­ION

The Per­fect Touch for any out­fit

Upscale Living Magazine - - Content - | By Jy­oti Balani

A beau­ti­ful scarf worn with some thought can add color and style to even the most bor­ing and staid out­fits. Scarves have since many years been an in­te­gral part of the fash­ion scene all over the world and can never go out of style ow­ing to the fact that a scarf is an in­cred­i­bly func­tional ac­ces­sory. A clas­sic go to item to add a re­fined el­e­gant de­tail to your every­day look, these days a lot of prom­i­nent fash­ion houses create scarves in var­i­ous sizes, col­ors and shapes which cater to var­i­ous pref­er­ences. A scarf can be at best de­scribed as a stylish and so­phis­ti­cated wardrobe piece that every wo­man should have to dress up or dress down any look. Used in mul­ti­ple ways such as to ac­ces­sorize an ac­ces­sory when it is tied onto a hand­bag to in­stantly up­date your look or a fashionable and ever­last­ing head cover or even an orig­i­nal top to wear for warm sum­mer par­ties, given a lit­tle thought and some imagination a scarf can take your style sev­eral notches higher.

ORI­GIN AND EVO­LU­TION

Le­gend has it that the scarf orig­i­nated in Rome, and its pur­pose was clean­li­ness and not to make a fash­ion state­ment. Scarves were used as a so­lu­tion for per­spi­ra­tion in warm weather in the olden days and were worn ei­ther around the neck or on the belt. Used to de­pict iconic, quirky im­ages from a city to a re­gion or even post­card themes; there is no end to a de­signer’s imagination when it comes to cre­at­ing a new scarf de­sign. Pop­u­lar fash­ion houses man­u­fac­tured scarves as fash­ion ac­ces­sories since the 1800s. Usu­ally made us­ing silk and with flam­boy­ant pat­terns, there was a time when scarves were made in af­ford­able fab­rics such as rayon mak­ing it eas­ier for women of all so­cial strata to buy these beau­ti­ful cre­ations. In fact, the fab­ric used, the pat­terns created and the style of scarves worn by fash­ion­istas were an in­di­ca­tion of the cur­rent eco­nomic and so­cial con­di­tions. Dur­ing the World War II, col­ors of scarves were muted and re­flected the mood of the so­ci­ety; the pur­pose was also to con­serve re­sources dur­ing that pe­riod so we don’t see a lot of lux­u­ri­ous ma­te­rial used to create scarves. Whereas in the six­ties scarves were brightly col­ored and flo­ral pat­terned. Scarves have evolved with time and these days scarves are avail­able in a wide price range mak­ing it easy for women to sport a scarf

and add that much needed oomph fac­tor to an out­fit. Scarves are a like a can­vas where an artist cre­ates a unique de­sign which is then con­verted into a wear­able piece of art, at times scarves are used to recre­ate the works of masters. What­ever it is, like in any other in­dus­try, orig­i­nal­ity and cre­ativ­ity de­ter­mines the pop­u­lar­ity of a brand when it comes to scarves.

Knit­ted scarves such as lace knit scarves, ruf­fle knit scarves, chunky knit scarves are great to pro­vide warmth in the win­ters while skinny scarves can add a fem­i­nine touch to your out­fit dur­ing the sum­mers. Skinny scarves are per­fect dur­ing the sum­mers and can be sported with ca­sual tee shirts, skirts and short dresses. Even though skinny scarves are more or­na­men­tal than use­ful, these light and trendy scarves can be used to create a fash­ion state­ment in the sum­mers. Loose wrap knit­ted scarves and mini neck­er­chiefs make great op­tions for both ca­sual out­ings and ro­man­tic dates. Fur scarves add a lux­u­ri­ous look to any out­fit and can be used to up the ante when you want to stand out in a crowd. Created in var­i­ous col­ors these days, fur scarves can be used as a wra­paround for the neck or even tucked in­side a belt to create a new look.

BRANDS THAT CREATE SOME OF THE BEST SCARVES

Brands such as Her­mès have created some of the most ex­clu­sive scarves and thus have carved a niche for them­selves in the fash­ion in­dus­try. It is be­lieved that Her­mès sells a scarf every twenty five sec­onds such is the pop­u­lar­ity of the brand. The com­pany was es­tab­lished in 1837 and is known for its in­di­vid­u­al­is­tic style and unique cre­ations. Most of the scarves created by Her­mès have paint­ings by renowned artists and find favour with many a celebrity all over the world. This sea­son Her­mès has re­leased in­ter­est­ing de­signs such as the Rosace de Janos Ber created by De­signer Janos Ber. Born in Bu­dapest in 1937, Janos Ber moved to Paris at the age of 20. His meet­ing with Si­mon Han­taï and his dis­cov­ery of the Amer­i­can post­war school of paint­ing marked a turn­ing point in his art, as did the paint­ings and writ­ing of Matisse. Here he tells the story of a cer­tain Rosace, which has be­come a silk scarf: “The brush leaves a trail on a square of pa­per, traces of color that fol­low in quick suc­ces­sion, con­verge, di­verge, never for­get­ting the void that sep­a­rates them, which are only there to bring the white to life with a breath, a heart­beat. It’s sim­ple, too sim­ple per­haps. The scis­sors slice, cut into two, glid­ing from one cor­ner to the other re­mind­ing us of some­thing, a flower, a rose… al­most there, it’s a rose win­dow!” The Jaguar Quetzal created by De­signer Alice Shirley also has an in­ter­est­ing story be­hind it’s cre­ation. The “jaguar war­riors” of the pre-Columbian Aztec civ­i­liza­tion in­spired Alice Shirley to dream up this big cat and its su­perb head­dress, which is loosely in­spired by the fa­mous Pe­na­cho con­served in the Mu­seum of Eth­nol­ogy, Vi­enna. Made of feath­ers and semi-pre­cious stones, this enor­mous head­dress owes its beauty to the bril­liance of more than 400 quetzal feath­ers. The quetzal is a trop­i­cal bird that lives in Cen­tral and South Amer­ica, whose Aztec name means “long green feath­ers”. The de­signer, who is pas­sion­ate about the animal world, gives us a ten­der por­trait: a sleep­ing jaguar “dream­ing of free­dom”.

Es­tab­lished in Lon­don in 2005, JANE CARR cre­ates lux­ury printed and cash­mere scarves in di­rec­tional color pal­ettes. Founder and Cre­ative Direc­tor Jane Carr grad­u­ated from the pres­ti­gious Cen­tral Saint Martin’s Fash­ion MA. Since it’s de­but, em­pha­sis has been placed on unique, vi­brant de­sign and the finest crafts­man­ship, with printed scarves made by hand in Como, Italy. The JANE CARR world is in­spired by global travel, con­tem­po­rary art and pop­u­lar cul­ture, im­bued with a sub­tle hu­mour and play­ful­ness. Along­side sea­sonal print col­lec­tions, JANE CARR presents an edit of in­dul­gent cash­mere wraps. Time­less wardrobe sta­ples and lux­ury travel must-haves, each cash­mere piece is ex­pertly hand-loomed by ar­ti­sans from Kath­mandu in Nepal. The Spring Sum­mer 18 col­lec­tion fea­tures the Print Col­lec­tion con­sist­ing of The Gi­tane, Fauve and Ly­dia prints with their blocks of pure color, hand-drawn flo­rals, bold strokes and ab­stract pais­ley mo­tifs. The Love Square is an ode to the artist and his trav­els, whilst The Cam­ou­flage Neck­er­chief and Straw­berry Foulard are vividly col­or­blocked eye candy. About the Straw­berry Foulard, Jane Carr-Founder and Cre­ative Direc­tor, says “This graphic take on the clas­sic foulard is an ode to the Pop Art move­ment and Andy Warhol. Cap­tur­ing the zeit­geist, it is both fun-spir­ited and ef­fort­less to style. As is true for all our silk scarves, it is im­pec­ca­bly hand-fin­ished in his­toric mills in Como, Italy. The new Sum­mer 18 col­lec­tion is in­spired by the artists and art move­ments that con­tinue to shape my at­ti­tude to­wards color and de­sign.”

THE PER­FECT STATE­MENT AC­CES­SORY

The fact that a scarf is so versatile and can be used in var­i­ous ways to dress up adds to its pop­u­lar­ity with men and women alike. A scarf can be used to tie up your hair, ac­ces­sorize your hand bag, worn around the waist as a cre­ative belt, on your wrist as a wrist­band, knot­ted into a French bow around the neck, as a causal drape around the neck, as a head­scarf in­stead of a head­band or even used to tie around an an­kle in­stead of an an­klet. Whether it is a col­or­ful or a white scarf, both can be used to ac­cen­tu­ate your style given a lit­tle thought. A white scarf is per­fect for a busi­ness meet­ing whereas the col­or­ful ones are per­fect for a fun out­ing. Beach gown scarves are used to pro­tect the neck and shoul­ders from the sun. At times, beach scarves are also wrapped around the head to pro­tect from the sun and can make for a unique look. Smaller scarves or neck­er­chiefs are ideal ac­ces­sories for the hair whether to tie up the hair in a pony tail or to use as a head­band. Polka dot­ted scarves, scarves with stripes, flo­ral scarves and those with animal or geo­met­ric prints are per­fect for a ca­sual out­ing. Whereas scarves de­pict­ing an artist’s paint­ing or an iconic theme or ones that proph­e­size a phi­los­o­phy are ideal for more for­mal oc­ca­sions. Whether it is sum­mer, win­ter or mon­soons, these days there are scarves created by well known brands for all sea­sons. Se­lect a gor­geous scarf to take your en­sem­ble to the next level in your fu­ture out­ings!

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