The latest designer partnership to make the news isn't a mass market effort. Instead, Rei Kawakubo has channeled what she calls an "immense respect for Hermès' tradition and artisanal know-how" into two capsule collections of carrés, the French company's iconic silk scarves.
"During this joint project, rather than being guided by the idea of the scarf as it is worn, I became interested instead in the beautiful 'artworks' that the designs on Hermès carrés represent, and I sought to change them by adding elements," Kawakubo said. "By combining them with abstract images, we have transformed the carré and created a unique object."
Both collections, one featuring black and white designs and one with colorful geometric patterns, will be available in February. The five black and white scarves will retail for €380 (or $493 at current exchange) at the Comme des Garcons stores in the Aoyama neighborhood of Tokyo, and in New York and Paris. Six color scarves will range from €380 to €1,600 (about $2,076) at the Dover Street Markets in London and Tokyo.
Kawakubo is noted for a number of high-profile collaborations with brands like H&M and Louis Vuitton, but an Hermès product partnership is harder to come by. Perhaps that's changing, though: news also broke today that Hermès is lending one of its scarf designs to the French postal service's annual Valentine's Day stamp collection.
Related: A Look Back at Rei Kawakubo's Comme des Garcons
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But what if the scarf did more than that? What if it helped take a young girl out of the sex trade? What if it helped a woman climb out of poverty? Welcome to FashionABLE, the Addis Ababa organization that gives at-risk Ethiopian women a new shot at life. Rather than simply hand the women money, FashionABLE is a sustainable business, training the women to make beautiful, handmade cotton scarves ($28-$44) out of Ethiopian cotton harvested from local fields. The scarves are then sold around the world, earning the women steady income and a new craft. Each one is named after a woman whose life has been transformed by the business and comes with a hangtag with a note from her about how her life has changed. If you've been following the ONEMoms — a group of US moms who traveled through Ethiopia to learn about ONE's efforts to fight extreme poverty and preventable disease — you saw how much these scarves can help, and now realize just how lucky we are to raise our kids out of such harsh conditions.
You may be a layering expert, but if you're not covering all the bases — head, ears, hands, and neck included — then you've still got some Fall styling to tend to. We're referring, of course, to the essential cold-weather trifecta: hats, gloves, and scarves. And if you don't have a cool mix of bundle-up pieces to keep you warm (or you're just looking to refresh the lineup), you've come to the right place for two reasons. Here you'll find a chic array of crochet knit beanies, ladylike driving gloves, text-friendly cable-knit mittens, fringed boho scarves, preppy plaid wraps, faux fur cossacks, and jewel-toned fedoras — 50 to be exact. And while we'd love to drape ourselves in cashmere until April, it's just not reasonable to empty our pockets every time the wind picks up. Thus, this roundup showcases our favorite 50 cold-weather accessories, all priced at $50 or less. Click on for the coziest 50-under-50 yet.
It just got really cold today, and our poor cold faces are a sure sign that it's time to starting bundling up with cozy scarves. With the hundreds of styles to choose from this season, we're making it a little easier for you to shop; check out our top picks in every style — and at every price point. From luxurious cashmere to classic plaid prints, see and shop them all right now (before you turn into a little ice cube).
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Elizabeth Olsen fought the NYC chill in a stylish layered look complete with chic accessories — blue suede Pour La Victoire oxfords ($250), a rust BCBGMAXAZRIA fedora ($24, originally $58), and a classic black leather tote. The actress started with a knit oatmeal sweater and black leather pants, then layered a blue peacoat and red-piped scarf for extra warmth. Shop Elizabeth's exact shoes and hat to work with slick leather pants — or these faux leather Romeo & Juliet Couture leggings ($49, originally $130) —and a cozy oatmeal sweater and navy peacoat for a street-chic style that's both fashionable and functional. For more tips on how to nail fall-friendly palettes check out our sister site FabSugar.
Keep your lil one's neck comfy-cozy-warm this Fall with a handmade scarf. These scarves are made just for kids from seriously soft materials and are ready for ruff-and-tumble wear. Adorned with buttons, secured with a tie, or looped around and around, scarves are a great way to add a pop of color to your lil one's wardrobe and keep them wonderfully cozy while playing in the Autumn leaves. Click through for a few of our favorite Etsy scarf finds.
From now until October, our transitional wardrobes are going to be all about layering pieces — with light layering scarves as a key component to our styling savvy. We culled a fresh batch that's ideal for layering with blazers, sweaters, cardigans, coats, and everything in between. Pair a yellow printed scarf against a navy blazer for a polished play on color-contrasting, or take your Fall ensemble to the next level by styling a monochromatic look with a textural scarf. Find your perfect match and shop our editors' picks below.
A scarf is the perfect statement piece to breathe life into even the most basic ensembles. So today, we've rounded up four lust-worthy scarves that will punch up your look year round. From lovely leopard, to playful polka dots, to signature McQueen skulls, make sure to pick up one of these bold accessories. On Allison: StyleMint top, Forever 21 blazer, House of Harlow 1960 necklace.
One-part fashion functional, one-part stylish décolletage accent, we've fallen hard for Spring's prettiest scarves. Aside from the fact that these neck-friendly wraps provide instant pops of color and dynamic to an outfit, they're just plain beautiful accessories to look at (and wear). And we have iconic brands like Hermès — see its gorgeous Spring '12 ad campaign for further proof — and Burberry to thank for our eternal love of scarves. Now, inspired by the season's temperamental climate and our affinity to everything floral, printed, and pastel, we've rounded up 20 ridiculously dainty, diaphanous scarves for your perusal. From Erdem's wildly bright flower power rendition to Zara's romantic dip-dyed iteration, there's a scarf for every style personality inside. Keep clicking and shop the version you love best.
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