Thursday, September 26, 2013

Maxi Twilly.. maxi fun - how to wear, knot and tie

My recent Paris trip coincided with the arrival of the new Maxi Twillys at FSH just a couple of days earlier, and I am so happy to have brought one back as a souvenir. From the two currently available designs (Brazil and Cavalcadour), I chose a black, khaki and yellow 'Brazil', which works so well with my autumn/winter wardrobe additions.

Maxi Twilly 'Brazil', ref no 091793S, CW14 (noir/khaki/vielle or) 


design by Laurence Bourthoumieux, orig. issued in 1988


Fun to know
  • In terms of length, the Maxi Twilly comes to the exact same length as a GM (140x140cm) when folded in the basic bias, ie 220 cm. Because of it's oblong shape, the Maxi Twilly does not have the same body as a GM though. 
  • The Maxi Twilly, just like the regular Twilly, is folded in half, and so has no reverse side and hence no hand-rolled hems. It is made of silk twice as wide as it's actual size, which is then folded over and sewn together. The fact that the Maxi Twilly is double faced, means that it has more body than regular silk stoles.
  • The Maxi Twilly's total silk surface comes to 8800 cm2 [(220x20cm)x2]. At the current price of 230 EUR, this equals 261 EUR per silk square meter. Here a comparision with other silk formats:

  • In terms of 'price by silk square meter', the Maxi Twilly is fantastic value. However, since they don't have hand-rolled hems like the Carrés, the production costs are lower too (it takes about 30 min to finish the hems of a 90 Carré. Click here to watch the process on YouTube). Overall the Maxi Twilly is very well priced for such a fabulous and versatile piece (if anything, it makes the regular Twillys look fairly expensive... but then again, at 115 EUR they are a relatively affordable piece of Hermès)
  • The Maxi Twilly comes with a instruction leaflet, featuring five different ways to wear them (for copyright reasons I can not post the content of the leaflet, but will show the knots in this and upcoming posts).
  • Maxi Twilly in comparison with a regular Twilly


Maxi Twilly playtime 

The starting points are easy, you can either leave the Twilly in it's full width...

#1

... or fold it lengthwise in half
#2

You can create a narrower strip still, by folding it lengthwise into a third: fold one edge into the middle,

#3


then fold the other edge over


Or experiment with different widths, by folding one side to the middle, and the other two thirds up.. anything goes!

#4


Look #1- place your Maxi Twilly around your neck, and secure with a belt (the Twilly is left at it's full width, with a small inward fold around the neckline)


Capsule pieces: black trousers and v-neck sweater 
Shoes: black ballet flats
Accessories: Woven leather belt, Hermès 'Brazil' Maxi Twilly, clic H enamel bracelet in black and GM Picotin in Kraft




Look #2

Below left: from the Hermès Maxi Twilly knotting leaflet - 'Écharpe Anneau'
Fold your Maxi Twilly into half, and wind once around your neck. Take both ends and slide them through a round scarf ring (here a black horn Anneau Infinity). Push the scarf ring up towards your neck until it reached a position you like.


Below right: Variation, with scarf ring pushed up to the neckline


Variation: You can achieve a similar effect with a Classique scarf ring (Grande size). The scarf is placed around the neck as above, while the ends are secured in a criss-cross knot. You can vary this look by wearing the scarf ring closer or further away from your neck.



Look #3 - in a Twist Wrap knot with Classique scarf ring in Grande. Starting point is a narrow strip (as in #3 above)


You can vary the size, position and shape of the bow by pulling the bow out further or less, and by sliding the scarf further away or closer to your neck.





Look #4 - from the Hermès Maxi Twilly knotting leaflet: 'Papillon'

Fold your Maxi Twilly lengthwise in half and place around your neck. Make a simple knot, followed by a bow.
 

Look #5 - wear in long

Left: fold the Maxi Twilly into a narrow strip, place around your neck and slide the ends (coming from opposite directions) through a round scarf ring (here a black horn Anneau Infinity)
Center: as left, only with ends sliding through the scarf ring from the same direction.
Right: slide the ends through a shawl ring (here in black horn)



More knots and variations to come!

55 comments:

  1. You are so clever! You are so right about it being the best value per amount of silk! I think one can get a lot of use as you've demonstrated...great looks as always xx

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  2. Wonderful post, MT - thanks for all your great knotting suggestions! I got my first Maxi Twilly last week - the Cavalcours in red/pink - I just know it is going to be fabulously versatile. Your table showing the price per square metre is very encouraging :) - we need to have more of these great additions to the Hermes offering - hope they will bring out more designs/colours next season!

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    1. We are twins in Cavalcadour red, I wear it every day now..

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    2. Many congratulations to you both on your Cavalcadours, it is so fabulous in the red/pink! sq, hoping for new designs to come out in spring too!

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  3. So beautiful and versatile. Would look great with a jacket as well. Might go to Hermes and have a look at tnese maxi twilly's.

    Chantal :-)

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    1. As Catherine said, run... they seem to be flying off the shelves :-)

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  4. Oh MT it is spectacular I never seen here this lengh and the first way you wrap it is like an
    Half coat on your black suits in front. With the belt this is tres tres chic! Also design and autumn colours are wonderful.
    In fact exactly whatt I wad trying to find in Geneva....
    I have to go Paris one of these days... Even some other projects of going away are on road going to an another part of the world in a near future.....

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    1. Oh how fun to have a few trips to look forward to! Hope one of the destinations has a Maxi Twilly waiting for you...

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  5. P.S. And the Swiss Fench prices are almost double than in Euros! A scandal.
    Monica
    The comment before was also mine forgot to sign.

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    1. I can't see how sales or value added taxes, or currency changes could amount to such a big difference in price!

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  6. Clever,clever as ever, pretty lady! These Maxi Twilly's are so much fun and reasonable to boot! At first I thought H had made a pricing mistake! Happy to snag a couple before they decide they have. I love all of the facts and comparisons you have provided for us. You are definately spoiling us again with these and the super styling options! Thank you once again for always going that extra mile! Now, off to try my hand with the Maxi! Maxi hugs and mwahs, T xx

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    1. You are the clever one, having snapped up a couple of them already! Maxi hugs right back, my dearest T xx

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  7. Wow, first time seeing one of these beauties in action! Love the design and cw you picked. Hope you have a wonderful weekend with some crisp fall weather! Simone x

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    1. Many thanks Simone! Hope you had a wonderful weekend too :-)

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  8. Congrats, Brazil suits you perfectly, wish you a lot of fun with your maxi-twilly ;))
    Love this new format, light, elegant, sport chic, and .... less expensive (for once, DH and banker will agree). Let's see what will be next collections.
    LoL, Catherine.

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    1. Many thanks! And yes, the MT makes everyone happy :-) Looking very much forward to the next collections too...

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  9. Wonderful post - it is so amazing - just today's afternoon I want to look for a maxi twilly - your post comes just right. Your scraf rings arrived last week and I am totaly happy with them - thanks for the quick delivery! Happy weekend for you!
    Sabine

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    1. Perfect timing, hope you were lucky with the Maxi Twilly! So nice to know that you are pleased with the scarf rings, thank you :-)

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  10. Très chère MAITAI nous sommes sœur de maxi twilly car pour moi aussi c est le bresil noir c est celui qui va le mieux avec ma garde robe je trouve ce twilly majestueux et les plumes sont très moderne En un mot J ADORE !
    PARIS pour nous se sera dans un mois
    Bises, bon weekend
    MYRIAM

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    1. Je vous embrasse, ma chère Brazil soeur. Passez du beau temps à Paris! Bises

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  11. What lovely colours, I am a big fan of sunny cheery yellow, always makes me smile.
    I have a friend who is a great photographer, I have been raving to him about the pictures you post, so looking forward to see what'daily life' pictures you team with the colours from this scarf.

    Just a side note.. how do you stay so slim ?!?

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    1. Here’s to happy yellow, dear Life Live! Hope your friend likes some of the pics :-) Re your question, if I've put on some weight (which I tend to do in summer), I try to consume a little less than I burn for a while!

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    2. Well, the weight doesn't show... off to the gym for me now !
      Have a good weekend.
      Regards Sue

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    3. Those pesky little pounds have been shooshed away already! Have fun at the gym, and a wonderful weekend too.

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  12. This is a wonderful post! Thank you for the gorgeous presentation of the Max Twilly and congratulations on the one you took home from Paris, my dearest MaiTai.
    Brazil in these colourway is really beautiful and perfect for you.
    I can´t wait to try them myself, in Paris!
    Maxi hugs and the best wishes for a lovely weekend, Manuela xx

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    1. Run run my dear Manuela, ils se vendent comme des petits pains ;)
      Catherine

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    2. Chere Catherine, j' ai déjà reservé un. Je serais à Paris dans 2 semaines. Merci. <3 bises, Manuela

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    3. Thank you, my dearest Manuela! Hope you’ll have a most wonderful time in Paris selecting yours x

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  13. Gorgeous!! Love the colors and who knew this was so versatile! The golden yellow looks so great next to an all black ensemble.......thanks for sharing!

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    1. Happy you like the new addition, many thanks!

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  14. Now I wish I had looked at the maxi twillys. It looks so gorgeous on you, esp the first image belted in. How wonderful it will look with your lovely mustard coat in winter.
    They seem to be exceptionally good value.
    Thanks again for inspiring us.

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    1. Looking forward to pairing the MT with the mustard coat... I’m all ready for a golden October :-)

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  15. Thank you for the great chart! Our dear MT is both beautiful and intelligent! I'm not sure about the versatility of the Maxi Twilly though! It seems to me that we would have to wrap it loosely thrice around the neck to get the bulk for style and warmth but then the pattern would be lost in too much wrapping around! Personally, I don't like the scarf to hang long in front so I'm looking forward to more of your ideas! :-)

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    1. Glad you enjoyed the chart! Also great to hear contrasting views on the scarf. Hope you’ll like some of the ideas to come :-)

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  16. Welcome, Ms Maxi!
    I especially like the belted look, and the CW is so perfect for you and all of your new wardrobe additions for fall. I see a mustard skirt with that maxi twilly in your near future :)I shall head straight to Hermes in Paris next week to purchase the very same scarf.
    Thank you for always keeping us abreast of everything "H"!!

    Barbara A


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    1. Have a wonderful time in Paris, dear Barbara! Ms Maxi would be a perfect souvenir, hope to become twins with you soon!

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  17. Beautiful as usual MaiTai! I was actually waiting for you to feature a maxi twilly, and here you are! My favourite styling is the first photo where the twilly is worn as you would a size 140cm. It's one of my favourites. Have a lovely weekend :)

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    1. Many thanks, so glad the post came in time! I love the belted look too :-)

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  18. Dear MaiTai, I think they must've had you in mind at Hermes for this one. :) I chose the red Brazil. I tried it in a hacking knot which seemed interesting. With the ends of it on the outside of my coat it reminded me of a certain red coat with tie lapels from Dior that I was inspired by. The maxi twilly's are so fun. It's nice to have the designs on a rectangular shape scarf too.

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    1. Lovely to be Brazil cousins with you! The description of your outfit is so evocative, it makes me want to go for the red one too..

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  19. Yay! I'm so happy that you bought a Maxi Twilly, dearest MaiTai! My local H only had Brazil in orange which does not suit me, but I tried it anyway to get the feel and look of the Maxi. Thanks for all of the modeling shots. I can se myself wearing it mostly in photos 1 and 2, but you look fabulous in all of them. I am eagerly awaiting the arrival of Cavalcadour! The price comparison was very interesting, as well.

    Warm orange hugs, dear.
    CS

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    1. Many thanks for the warm welcome to Ms Maxi! Hope the Cavalcadour will be yours soon...the MTs are just so much fun to play with!

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  20. Congrats on your maxi twilly colours are superb on you. Gosh I hope they come to Australia so versatile. Great post. Xx

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    1. Merci, my dear msT! FauxFuchsia posted good news a couple of hours ago, they have arrived in Australia!

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  21. Maxi Twilly is superb and very versatile - and I must say the most wonderful knots above are your creative knots from the history of this blog (sorry, Hermes, you are not "that bad" :) - just our MaiTai is very creative with your silks).
    Major congratulations for your table specifying the silks' prices per size - my biggest surprise was price of 70cms, which I had not expected at all.
    Love, Lea

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    1. So nice of you to say, happy you like the MaiTai knots :-) It was fun to try them with a new scarf format, and I really like how they adapted. The spreadsheet gave me a couple of surprise moments too. It is interesting how the cost of the hand-rolled hems plays against the silk price per square meter x

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  22. these have just arrived in Oz. You look wonderful x

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    1. Great news, many thanks for sharing! Hope msT sees this!

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    2. Hooray for hermes Australia! ;)

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  23. I love my maxi twilly have the Brazil in grey but am finding it a bit long. Hope your next post gives some ideas to wear it a bit shorter.

    Ros

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    1. Many thanks for the request. Hope you like the new suggestions!

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  24. Super cute on you! I have that one too! (I got the only one in Kuwait!) he he

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    1. Well done, Mia! Nice to be twins with you :-)

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