Thursday, October 5, 2017

Hermes FSH - Autumn window inspiration part I (of three)

I haven't been to Paris in a while, apart from a short day trip a couple of weeks ago. Luckily, I had a little bit of time to spare and headed straight to FSH. Whenever I approach the store my heart beats a little bit faster... will there be new window displays or are they the same as last time.. or even worse, are they closed off for re-decoration? I am often lucky, and this time was no different... I could see from a distance fresh and beautiful autumn windows, inviting the passers-by to feast their eyes.

It is always a special treat to see so many exceptional pieces in the windows showcasing Hermès' artisans' incredible skills, but it is equally wonderful to soak up the great combinations of textures and colors on display... they are such a fantastic source of outfit inspiration.

Back home, I very much looked forward to creating new autumn looks with the window details in mind. It is especially rewarding when well-loved wardrobe staples integrate seamlessly into new outifts, and it always amazes me how fresh and current they can look when combined in a new way. For fun I've included some thumbnails where some of the pieces have been shown previously... I was quite surprised by how far back some of them appeared!



Capsule pieces: purple sweater and mustard skirt.
Accessories: Hermes 'La Presentation de Cheveaux' 90 scarf, Chaniere bracelet in black lizard/rose gold and Picotin 22 in sanguine.
Scarf knot: Asymmetrical wrap, ends secured in a Criss-Cross Bow knot with a MaiTai Collection Grande Classique scarf ring in purple lacquer (available here)



La Presentation de Chevaux



same as above, only with the scarf tied into a cowboy knot. The ends are secured in a vertical basic slide with a MaiTai Collection Grande Classique scarf ring in purple lacquer (available here)



Below: the above capusule pieces, or similar color combinations, in earlier posts:
mustard coat in 04/2013, purple sweater (06/2010) , mustard skirt (09/2013)



Grey is such a beautiful and versatile neutral.. it can be teamed with almost any color and gives a calm, fresh and elegant touch to an outfit.



I bought this orange linen sweater a few years ago and love to find new ways to wear it every autumn. Inspired by the window above, I framed it with grey trousers and a MaiTai Collection waterfall necklace in gris/taupe/argile (available here)



The inverse of the above, this time framing grey with orange: Grey dress with a Picotin 22 in Sanguine and MaiTai Collection waterfall gemstone necklace in sienna/ecru/champagne  (available here)




Below: orange and grey previously on the blog: left (02/2015) and centre 03/2015). right: grey dress with white (11/2009) 




Photo Finish 90 carré tied in a Criss-Cross Bow Knot with a MaiTai Collection Grande Classique scarf ring in black horn (available here)



 cardigan as above in 10/2012 (left)02/2013 (centre)  and  03/2012 (right)



Such beautiful soft autumn colors.. terracotta, sage, burnt orange and grey



No wonder that the Parures des Samourais in CW04 (ciel/vert/marron) from the spring/summer collection is a perfect scarf for autumn and winter too!



Capsule wardrobe : grey sweater and blue jeans
Accessories: Hermes Picotin 22 in sanguine, Clic-Clac bracelet in Bleu Indiens and Parures des Samourais 90 carré.
Scarf knot: The scarf is looped through a MaiTai Collection fox fur collar in Vert Paon (available here) with the ends tied in an Ascot knot



Below: previous posts including above accessories, left and centre: 06/2017, right: 07/2016



Part two coming soon!

28 comments:

  1. What a fun post! Who knew orange would be such a versatile color? But really, as you pointed out, gray is the perfect neutral. And it was fun seeing the "oldies" and how fresh and modern they continue to look. Can't wait for Part II, dear MaiTai!
    Much aloha,
    Fifi

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    1. Thank you dearest Fifi, happy you liked the mix of oldies and new outfits! I thought it would be fun to check if 'timeless pieces' actually stand the test of time... a dose of orange certainly helped them with the challenge ;) Hope all is going well with your new condo! So exciting, well done you xx

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  2. Dear Mai Tai

    Thanks!!!
    How I have missed your posts... I imagine that they involve a lot of work... but they are soooo beautiful... so please keep doing them.
    On those days this "pond" is an oasis of calm in this challenging times
    Warm regards from Barcelona

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    1. I can only agree with dear ilsa - days seem to be more hectic and packed than ever and in the greater picture, there are upsetting news day by day. Can't think of something more relaxing than browsing through your blog, admiring the newly combined outfits and the exquisite craftsmanship displayed in the H windows. I have missed these kind of posts- but I fear the above said applies to you, dear MaiTai, as well...I will just enjoy this oasis a little more tonight, sending stormy greetings to all swans on the pond,
      Katja

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    2. Thank you very much, dear ilsa! Maintaining the blog is one of my big passions and I hope to always continue posting. But, the week days don't leave much time.. so the spacing between blogs has grown a little bit bigger (trying to make up for it with longer blogs!) Hope all is well and have a lovely Sunday evening! x

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    3. Oh dearest Katja (what a fun new ID you have!), so true re changing times and upsetting news, it's becoming increasingly challenging. And also true re the hours! Love coming to the pond for the same reasons, it is such a calm, soothing and fun place for me too. Have a lovely remaining Sunday x

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  3. Love the rich, saturated fall colors, especially the gold and grape combination, and oh yes, grey, my new favorite neutral (it has knocked black right off the throne!)

    While I'd love to switch out my closet this weekend and put summer to rest, it's just not going to happen. It's still too hot here in the South, and we have yet another hurricane headed for us on Sunday. (Greta, duck!)

    Thanks for all the lovely window photos and modeling shots, MT. You never disappoint.

    Love to all the Swans,
    Jerrine

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    1. Y'all, the best hurricane is the one when you don't lose power! I spent most of Saturday night listening to the wind howl and scrolling through MaiTai's recent posts--such a great distraction!

      I agree with Jerrine--grey is the new black! And I also agree it's still just too darn hot to even think about winter clothes, much less the fall ones!

      Deborah posted about the asymmetrical wrap with the criss-cross bow and I agree--it's the best! Let's see much more of that--it's so flattering and looks so fab!

      xoxoxo--Greta

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    2. Greta, so happy to hear that you're still flapping around and weren't done in by whatever his name was . . . Jake? He was kind of a non-starter here, but there was still a bit of damage and the inevitable power outages.

      You're right - the weather is just miserable post hurricane. It's like being in the middle of a tropical rain forest. Wearing scarves at this point is out of the question; I do open the drawers and stare at mine in passing every once in a while just to keep them in line.

      But, here's a great trip Trudye passed along to me as to what to do with scarves you aren't wearing (at this point - ALL of mine.) Hermès is now making the 90 cm silks into fabulous pillows. They're stitched in house by H. artisans, and the finishing is gorgeous, including a zipper, so you can remove the scarf for cleaning/washing. The back of the pillow is just as gorgeous as the front due to the way they turn the corners to make the backing. Finished size is about 22". Cost is $250, including the cushion, and production timeframe is 6-8 weeks. Supposedly, all the stores offer this service, and you can bring in existing H. scarves or buy new ones (of course, you can buy a new one! I'm sure they're hoping for that.)

      Details and beautiful photos are up on tpf (90 cm scarves into pillows is close to the title of the thread.) Sign me up!

      Yes - grey! Absolutely love it. Can't get enough of it, and I'm very happy that MT featured it. More . . . more!

      All the best to you and the lovely Swans,
      Jerrine

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    3. Dearest Jerrine, - hope it's a little bit cooler by now and that your favorite autumn clothes and scarves are out to play!

      An enormous thank you to you and Trudye for sharing the scarf cushion info, what a wonderful idea!! The tPF images are amazing and the cushions so beautifully made. Now, which scarves to choose! I'd love to spend a morning by the sofa, trying different combinations.. I think you got us all busy! Have fun plotting and a wonderful Sunday xxx

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  4. Too chic for words! I love the autumnal hues, and especially appreciate how you put together capsule wardrobes that look so perfectly, well, perfect! Orange in autumn is one of my favorites and I love how you've used it as a pop of color with a neutral gray. All your wardrobe posts are an inspiration for me to 'kick it up a notch' with my own wardrobe looks, so thank you!

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    1. Although orange is an all year favorite (mainly in the shape of boxes!) it really comes out on its own in autumn. Along with all the other warm and beautiful shades of fall leaves! Hope you are having a wonderful autumn, dearest Greta <3

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  5. Stay safe, dear Jerrine! Let's hope this is the last one of the season. xoxo Fifi

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    1. Thank you, Fifi. Dodged another one!

      Love to you,
      Jerrine

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  6. I've always loved the combination of mustard/gold and an ink/blue. The addition of the grey really pulls it all together and makes it very now. Your vintage Presentation de Cheveaux scarf is so lovely! And, I had a feeling your new beloved Samourais would travel effortlessly with you into the Fall/Winter Season -- hope to see more of it! So much great inspiration here. Looking forward to Part 2!
    Love from New York's Hudson River Valley
    Alyson

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    1. So happy you love the vintage PdC, it is the most treasured scarf in my collection. The new Samourais (in both CWs) is a fabulous scarf for autumn/winter too, more pictures to come! Hope you enjoy part two (and three!) <3

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  7. Inspiring combinations, as always! You look fabulous! Almost picked up a terracotta cardigan at H & M the other day. Put in down because my cardi drawer is stuffed and needs a good clean out! xo

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    1. As much as I think it's a good idea to pick up a terracotta cardigan, your priorities are spot on.. Have a wonderful Autumn, dearest Marla xx

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  8. Dearest Mai Tai

    So happy to see your post. Joining dears Ilsa and Katja on their joy for your beautiful blog.
    Love your modelling photographs and the warm autumn colours and do very much look forward to part two. Much love, Manuela xx

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    1. Thank you, dearest Manuela! So happy you enjoyed the post and hope you are having a beautiful and sunny autumn! Hugs xx

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  9. YOU ARE READY FOR FALL!
    IT is still bloody HOT here.......although I did buy a few pumpkins!
    LOVE LOVE LOVE the grey and Orange!
    OFF TO SHOP!!!!!!!!!!XX

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    1. At least you are ready for Halloween! The afternoons are still quite hot here too, but it's beautiful the rest of the time. My favorite time of the year! Hope all is well xxx

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  10. Love it when you take us with you to visit the windows at FSH, especially this time of year.
    Another inspired and inspiring post! Looking forward to parts two and three.
    Wishing you and all of the swans a beautiful and inspiring week to come! Mwahs, T xx

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    1. The 'big'season changes are definitely the most fun.. they bring a complete change in lifestyle and wardrobe! Have a most wonderful fall, and a happy scarf season ahead! Mwahs xx

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  11. I love the scarf tie technique in the second picture- the asymmetrical wrap with the cross cross bow but I have not been able to duplicate it. An instructional video would be most appreciated!
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    1. Happy you like the knot, many thanks Deborah! It's less complicated than you might think... follow the instructions of the 'Asymmetrical wrap' until the point where the ends are secured with a scarf ring. From there, follow the instructions of how the scarf ring is used in the the criss-cross bow knot. The scarf above is a very soft vintage scarf, the result with a newer scarf would probably be a little bit more bulky and less drapey. Hope this helps, good luck!

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  12. Stunning ensembles and you look pretty! While looking at the interesting way you tied your scarf in photo two, (by enlarging the photo), I some how mysteriously was told that I successfully unsubscribed! ;-( I resubscribed, incase you are wondering why.

    Happy Autumn MaiTai!
    Constance

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    1. So sorry for the subscription glitch! Not enough of a techie to understand why, but glad the re-subscription worked. Happy Sunday and have a wonderful Autumn too!

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