Monday, July 10, 2017

Summer necklaces and style sheets

Summer's now well established, and as the days have been getting warmer, scarves have been taking a little bit of back seat. On cool fresh mornings and evenings they still come out, but I wear them in loose drapes and folds, or as a belt.

As the temperature goes up, I rely on necklaces to give my summer outfits a touch of color and chic. I love wearing them in combination with a scarf, but when it gets too hot and the scarves have to be stored away, a necklace can always pull the look together instead.

Very happy to introduce two beautiful new waterfall necklaces today... both are light and easy to wear statement pieces, and  entirely made by hand.  I selected eight capsule wardrobe pieces (details at the bottom of the post) as a canvas on which to play with the new necklaces and also some of my favorite summer scarves. The capsule pieces may look sombre at first glance, but they are easy to mix and match and go from day to night, which makes them a perfect summer travel wardrobe, too. The suggestions below are just some of the many possible combinations which you can use to brighten up these pieces and give them a summery touch. Hoping that you enjoy the post and have a wonderful summer!

 


Accessories provide the perfect opportunity to highlight specific colors or parts of your scarf, and give a focus point to your outfit when the silk becomes too warm around your neck.  Bringing out the blues of a Parures de Samourais (CW05) with a crystal waterfall necklace in Duck Blue (available here) and an Hermes Clic Clac H bracelet in Bleu Indiens.



Variation with a dark blue top and the pastel version of the Parures de Samourais (CW04) worn as a belt, teamed with a Crystal waterfall necklace in Miel/Champagne





As above, but bringing out the scarf's green and teal parts with a Crystal waterfall necklace in Vert Nil



Scarf and necklace as above, but with a grey top instead of the blue, and the scarf tied into an asymmetrical wrap Bag: Caba in navy/stripes/natural (available here)




Change of accessories.. Hermes Zebra Pegasus 90 carré in the basic bias fold with an Elephant printed enamel bracelet. MTC Crystal Waterfall necklace in dove grey





Another favorite summer scarf from previous collections...Aux Pays des Epices 90 carré in the basic bias fold with an Clic H enamel bracelet in marron glacé and a  MTC Gemstone waterfall necklace in Gris/Taupe/Argile (available here)





Mousseline scarves are a breeze to wear in the summer.. even GMs are airy and light as a feather. Hermes Fantaisies Indiennes GM mousseline in the basic bias fold with a rose gold and black lizard Charniere bracelet. MaiTai Collection Gemstone waterfall necklace in Sienna/Ecru/Champagne (available here)





It's always fun to discover how to  fold a scarf to bring out its different parts and colors. Here folding the Parures de Samourais (CW04) into a wide basic bias and wearing it as a belt with the ends secured in the basic slide behind the back, which almost completely eliminates the beige elements, making it look like a different scarf. Also wearing an Hermes Charniere bracelet in rose gold/black lizard and a MaiTai Collection Gemstone waterfall necklace as above. Clutch by Zara.





Cashmere GMs are wonderful companions on cooler summer evenings, and can make a perfect substitute for a jacket on days when sun and clouds can't decide who's to stay or who's to go. Hermes Ceintures et Liens cashmere shawl in the basic bias fold with a Clic Clac H bracelet in Blue Indiens. MaiTai Collection Gemstone Waterfall necklace in Aquamarine/Turquoise (available here)





Sometimes it just needs just a couple of accessories to turn simple wardrobe staples into a casual chic look. Hermes Aux Pays des Epices 90 carré in the basic bias fold (ends secured behind the back in the basic slide). MaiTai Collection Long Gemstone necklace in Gris/Prehnite/Garnet (available here)





Teaming the new Gemstone waterfall necklace in Gris/Taupe/Argile (available here) with a MaiTai Collection hand-embroidered stole in Gris Perle (available here)





Casual alternative... PdS (CW04) in a basic bias fold and a MaiTai Collection Gemstone waterfall necklace in Sienna/Ecru/Champagne, echoing the red tassel in the corner of the scarf. Caba bag in black/natural (available here)





Even the coolest scarf can feel sometimes too warm... accessorising here in black with an Hermes Kelly Dog bracelet in matte croc, a MaiTai Collection Crystal Cluster necklace in charcoal (available here)  and a Zara studded clutch (the Crystal Cluster necklaces also comes in Cinnamon Rose, Lavender Grey and Champagne)


CAPSULE PIECES
Tops: sleeveless black top (Agnès B), long sleeve grey T-shirt (Max Mara), Black blouse (Zara), dark blue cropped tunic blouse (Gerard Darel)
Trousers: Black trousers (Apriori), Blue Jeans (AG), white jeans (Vince), navy trousers (Max Mara)







ACCESSORIES (from left to right):
Left: shawl travel pochette in peacock containing a Hermes Ceintures et Liens cashmere shawl and Fantaisies Indiennes mousseline and a MaiTai Collection embroidered stole in Gris Perle. On top of the Pochette: MaiTai Collection gemstone waterfall necklaces (in aquamarine/turquoise, gris/taupe/argile and sienna/ecru/champagne)

Centre: MaiTai Collection Jewellry organizer in Bleu Marine, filled with Hermes bracelets (Clic Clac H in bleu Indiens, Kelly Dog in black croc, Elephants and Torana printed enamel bracelets, Clic H in marron glacé, Charnière in rose gold/black lizard) and a MaiTai Colletion long gemstone necklace in Gris/Prehnite/Garnet

Right: 90 carré travel pochette filled with four Hermes 90 carrés: Parures de Samourais CW 04 and 05), Zebra Pegasus and Aux Pays des Epices. MaiTai Collection Crystal Waterfall necklaces (Duck Blue, Vert Nil, Champagne and Dove Grey) on top.



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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Parures de Samouräis #2

Those who follow me on Instagram have probably already seen my other scarf of this season.. the Parures de Samouräis in bleu ciel/vert/marron (CW04). I adore this design and I couldn't resist adding a second CW to my collection. 

Its beautiful soft colors make it a perfect summer scarf, and when knotted and worn it has a very different feel to its more vibrant cousin that I bought a few weeks earlier. As always, the most fun part of adding a new scarf is to explore different knots, wardrobe and color combinations, and to find out how to bring out particular colors or characteristics of the design.

With perfect timing, the new generation long gemstone necklaces in pretty summery colors, and  the new freshwater pearl collar necklaces and cluster earrings arrived shortly afterwards and joined the fun right away!



In a cowboy knot (ends tied behind the neck in a basic slide with a Petite scarf ring in Mother of Pearl, but you can make a small double knot instead). A long gemstone necklace in Rose Thé/Tiger's Eye/Smokey Quarz adds a discreet sparkle and keeps the scarf flat in place (available here)





In the basic bias fold and with a long gemstone necklace in Thé Rose/Prehnite/Labradorite (available here)



Variation - change of pants and necklace (with Crystal waterfall in champagne, coming soon)







In a basic bias fold, ends secured behind the back in a basic slide with a Petite Classique scarf ring (you can make a small double knot instead). Long gemstone necklace in sage (available here)





Basic bias fold with Double Anneau necklace in or (available here) and Cabas summer bag in natural/navy/stripes (available here)



Variation with a pearl collar necklace in ivoire (new, available here), Cabas summer bag as before





In an asymmetrical wrap (click here for a how-to) and with a pearl necklace and matching earrings in champagne (available here)



Variation with the scarf in the basic bias fold





George basket in black/naturel (here) and long gemstone necklace in burgundy (here)





In a pleated rectangular fold with a Cabas straw bag (available here) and a long gemstone necklace in sage (available here)




Knot close-up (click here for a how-to)




Asymmetrical wrap and long gemstone necklace in Gris/Prehnite/Garnet (here)



Fresh water pearl cluster earrings in champagne (available here), pleated rectangular knot as above



Make a wish!



Pastels



Cabas straw bag (here) and a long gemstone necklace in Gris/Prehnite/Garnet (here)





As above,  with a long gemstone necklace in Rose Thé/Prehnite/Labradorite (available here)






Also new - additional pyjama and kimono colors and patterns

Toile de Jouy pyjamas in Framboise (also comes in Bleu Ciel and Gris/Bleu, available here)




Chinoiserie kimono and pyjama bottoms in the new Thé Bleu (also comes in Thé Rouge). Available here



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