Typical Hubert de Watrigant, "Les Poneys de Polo" ("The Polo Ponies") uniquely captures the noble animals during both games and their time off. While the creativity is readily apparent, the originality of this "canvas" is not. In fact, this design struck me for how much it resembles last year’s “Chevaux Qataris” (“horses of Quatar”) and 1987’s “Monde du Polo” (“World of Polo”, reissued in 1998). The two previous designs’ “love child” ? Perhaps… Yet, it would have been much more refreshing to harvest the pony theme in a different … fashion.
Nevertheless, based on its own merit, this scarf is quite dynamic thanks to the ponies in motion (and to the jockeys in various positions). More, the background lines, each of a different width and all horizontal as if parallel to the “ground”, further enhance the dynamism of the design. Finally, the patterns all along the scarf edges - reflective of the Argentinian belts (in recognition of the small, muscular, wiry and agile ponies, typically Argentinian) - add a certain playfulness that enhances the free spirit of the players.
The colour combinations are quite contrasting, more of an exception rather than the rule when it comes to Hermes designs. In this case, yellow, cream and dark brown, next to each other, bring forth a vibrant undertone (perhaps reflecting the palpable tension during the games).
Unlike many scarves, that are quite versatile in terms of being matched (or complimenting) diverse patterns, shines, colours and textures, I’d be inclined to pair this one with a monochromatic blouse, unless it’s worn as a more “discreet” accessory, such as in lieu of a belt, or as a bandana. Undoubtedly a statement scarf !