Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Scarf Profile ~ Jeu de Omnibus et Dames blanches:1937-2007

In 1937, Hermès introduced it's first 90 Carré, the 'Jeu de Omnibus et Dames blanches', designed by Hugo Grygkar.

About the design, from the Hermès scarf booklet:
The name of 'Dames Blanches', or white ladies, was bestowed on the two-compartment public omnibus that plied the Madeleine-Bastille run in Paris. This was the first Hermès scarf, printed in 1937 from a woodcut patterned on the figures of an early board game.



In 2007, to mark the 70th anniversary of the Carré Hermès, the house introduced a new scarf size and type, the Vintage Carré. It measures 70 x 70cm, each centimeter paying a tribute for the 70 years of scarf making. The silk is softer than the silk twill of the regular 90 Carrés, it is meant to feel as though it been handled and worn for many years. The silk is called 'Soie Vintage' and the scarves themselves are referred to as anniversary scarves, 70 Carrés, or Vintage Carrés.

The 70 Vintage re-edition of the very first Carré Hermès is called Jeu de Omnibus et Dames blanches: 1937-2007.

Here in the black and white CW, with just a hint of red.






22 comments:

  1. MaiTai,
    Thank you for writing about this design..
    This is my favorite design & colorway .. So elegant with a little twist..
    Unfortunately, I don't have it in black/white colorway..
    (I have it in brown/green cw and black/orange cw, but still looking for black/white cw)
    The way you style it up is beautiful and elegant as always..
    Love love your blog..

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  2. Thank you for your very kind comment, Erlina. ITA with you on the design, 70 years later it is as amazing as ever.. one of the reasons I love Hermès so much! Hope you'll be able to find the b&w CW one day! :-)

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  3. Hello,
    what a great mix with the collar, just stunning, as well as the other combinations.Yes, this design is marvellous. Looking for the vintage scarf in this colour for myself....

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  4. Hi angolfa, and yay to another Jeu de Omnibus fan! Thanks for you sweet comment, hoping you will find yours one day too :-)

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  5. hello, i found your blog through a mention at the Purse Forums .. just wanted to quickly compliment you on your impeccable style. i'm still a young 19 but i spent a good couple hours going through your scarf tutorials & in awe over your chic daily ensembles (: all your hermes (esp your kellys) are to die for!

    do you have any tips on how to wear scarves (or any fashion tips in general)in a more young way, more fitting for a 19yr old?

    happy holidays & happy new year! (:

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  6. Dear quyen, thank you for your lovely comment, a compliment from a woman as young as yourself is a rare thing, so yay to that. There are a lot of fabulous ways to wear scarves that look fantastic on young women.. Have you checked the Hermes Scarf booklets? You'll find them under 'Practical infos' on my blog. They have great examples on how to wear scarves as belts with jeans, as tops, headbands etc. The styling ideas are great. I'll have to upload a few of H's knotting cards one day, I remember another superb look, with three or five scarves knotted togehter, entwined into each other. There are so many possibilities! Best thing of it all, imagine what an amazing collection you will have once you get to my age, so clever of you to start early. Good luck and have fun!! x

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  7. I like the red amidst the black and white. What an interesting story behind the scarf.

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  8. Hello Mai Tai - Yes this is also 1 of my favorites and in this CW. I guess it will be very interesting if one comes up for sale LOL! Good luck to us all. I wish I wasn't allergic to fur, they're so beautiful!

    Maisie :)

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  9. Dearest MT, this is so beautiful on you, one of my favourites as well, and the cw! Thank you for the background write-up, very interesting, and I wouldn't have known otherwise!

    Happy Holidays and a wonderful New Year! :)

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  10. Thank you, Bonjour Madame,Maisie and DD, happy you enjoyed the profile! <3

    BM, I agree, the splash of red is the icing on the cake!

    Maisie, will have to make a Faux Fur one then, specially for you ;-)

    DD, wishing you a very happy New Year too! x

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  11. Happy New Year MaiTai.

    Thank you for all your inspirations!

    mavsun

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  12. Thank you Mavsun, you are so kind <3 Happy New Year to you!!

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  13. Another fabulous scarf! I love coming here to see them, not only do I get to see beautiful scarves and fantastic ideas, but amazing information about them too!!
    The monochrome with a playful splash of red is just lovely, and you look beautiful as always!! xx

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  14. Oh Mai Tai, a faux collar would be wonderful!!! I'd have to have at least 2 - one for my DD as well. I hope you and your family have had a lovely New Years day - we had a lovely, invigorating hike w the dogs through the bush in the blowing snow.... it was a winter wonderland.

    Maisie :)

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  15. Dear Maisie, what a lovely way to greet the new way! I have been less energetic I'm afraid. Will certainly keep my eyes open for fabulous faux :-) Happy Ney Year!

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  16. I have to apologize, dearest DB, only saw your lovely comment now. Really happy you like this profile, it has so much history. I can see it on you my dear, I know you'd look just stunning with it!

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  17. I love this scarf, in fact its my HG (in the prune/pink colourway)I'm now going to have to get the mors scarf ring and lose about 100kg so I can wear it as a belt lol!! I love the way it looks with the fox colour :runs off to try it out:

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  18. Wishing you much luck in finding your HG, dear JA_UK! Re the fox,it's the two-loop method with the end knotted into a tie knot. Have fun! x

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  19. MaiTai,
    Is this a Rouge Garance Belt do you know? It is a beautiful red colour..

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  20. Dear Erlina, well spotted, it is Rouge Garrance indeed. I'd describe it as a strong red, without being too bright :-)

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  21. This is very interesting. I have often wondered why the 70cm is known as a vintage silk and how it differs to the silk of the 90cm. So thank you for explaining it! :o)

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    1. Glad you found it helpful! It's true, without the background info the term 'vintage silk' could be a little bit misleading... it sound as if the silk is resurrected, which it is not :)

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