Saturday, September 13, 2008

Collection FW2007: In the Pocket

While spending time in Japan in the summer of 2007, I became aware of the "pearls" of the new collection for the Fall/Winter season, of which "In the Pocket" is a fine example.   

Hermes chooses an annual theme to be explored in the scarf designs , and collections are spread every year over two seasons: Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter.

"Shall We Dance" was the 2007's theme, and "In the Pocket" was released later in the year, as part of the Fall/Winter collection.  Since the seasons are loosely defined, the scarves in the Spring/Summer edition are released around November of the previous calendar year, while the Fall/Winter scarves hit the boutique shelves in mid-May.

The impact that this scarf has had on me is so strong, no other scarf has ever come close to matching it.  To date, it remains my all-time favourite for the strong and profound emotions it stirs in me, of reverence, of reflection, of joy and of pure enchantement.  So powerful has the impact of this design been, in fact, that I find every colour combination highly desirable (except for the light, pastel green, which is a difficult colour to wear for most people).  The baby blue, the pastel pink, the white, the dark green - each adds a different pitch to the harmony of this remarkanble and unforgettable design.

Today's post features one variation of this scarf, in "anthracite gray" with an orange hem, which to this day remains one of the most sought-after, wildly admired and collectible scarves the Maison has ever produced.

Designed by Leigh P. Cooke (I found out the artist is a male), the scarf has a unique spirit encapsulated by its name beautifully: "in the pocket" features the many objects (and in particular, the remnants of objects, neglected or lost) that we tend to keep - and forget - in our pockets.  Treasured mementos that whisper some of the greatest, most remarkable and most memorable moments of our lives. These fragments - buttons, pencil stubs, entry tickets, scraps of paper and coins, the remnants of our lives' feasts - give our lives the profiles we call "character".  They find refuge in the silence of our pockets, our bags, our drawers, our memory, yet their murmurs tell stories drawn from our memories.  This scarf is a masterful tribute to all those items that bring back the memory of great things past, and which make our hearts race and our minds take refuge in nostalgia.
Unlike Galileo Galilei, who had a fascination with symmetry, I treasure equally geometric patterns and apparent disorder.  While there's no apparent order in this pattern, the elements of the design, taken as a whole, form a very balanced landscape, infusing a mysterious harmony into the overall scarf.  Quite fascinating.  

This colour combination in particular continues to trigger record sums at private sales, one such scarf having been acquired for close to USD560 in October 2009 (at a time when a new scarf was retailing for USD375).

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