Every year Hermès choses a theme for the entire year with several carre designs dedicated to that particular theme from each of the two annual collections.
Ten years ago, Hermès celebrated “the Contemporary Artisan”.
Here the opening quote from the LE CARRÉ HERMÈS Spring Summer collection:
THE SILK WORKSHOP
Here everything is freedom. The colour, design, history, craftsman, artist, sun, light, each tells its story, but in the end, as they know, they all tell the same one: That of silk on the loose. Knotted in the hair, wound about the hips, it runs, it flies, it goes where the light is ever more luminous, the air softer, the sea warmer; it advances towards summer.
Françoise de la Perrière has designed some truly exceptional scarves for Hermes and in my humble opinion, the Cuirs du Desert is one of them.
Hermes in its tradition to “scorn all walls, fences and restrains of the spirit” undertook to make 1988 The Year of Exoticism and to go beyond borders in the spirit of Pierre Loti.
Pierre Loti gained fame for his semi-autobiographical novel Aziyadé, which was published 1879.As a young French Naval officer, Loti found himself in Turkey, where he fell in love with a much younger harem girl, Aziyadé. In his book, Loti describes both his love for the harem girl and his love affair with the Turkish culture, which quickly gave birth to his fame as well as his exotica persona.
It is then no surprise, that Hermes took its Fall/Winter Collection that year to exotic Turkey where the brilliant jewel tones of both the collection and the streets of Istanbul fought the drab of winter.
Françoise de la Perrière, a former art teacher, joined Hermes in the 1950s and her first work La France, was commissioned by Robert Dumas and issued in 1959.
Madame de la Perriere has described herself as “a perfectionist, who is lazy, an extrovert who appreciates quiet“. Known to enjoy tranquility along with fixing things around the house, Madame de la Perriere, draws her inspiration from classical music.
As part of the Year of Exoticism, her Cuirs du Desert blends detail with elegance and her carre is both bold and exotic as it is classy.
I was asked a while back by one of my readers to include an English translation of the Hermès scarf titles.
For efficiency’s sake, I thought it might be a good idea to also include links to photos, the artists as well as year of issue. I am starting with the year 2001, seasons I (spring/summer) and II (fall/winder).
This is a work in progress and more titles will be added as time allows.
Thank you for your understanding. Corrections and suggestions are always welcome:
Varangues, Dimitri Rybaltchenko – varangue is an antechamber typical in Mauritius homes, similar to a screened in porch
Les Petit Princes, Catherine Bachet – The little Princes
Cuirs du Désert (détail), Françoise de la Perrière – Desert Leathers