2011 The hermes year of the contemporary Artisan

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.

© Hermès 2011

LE PEGASE D’HERMES HERMES SILK SCARF BY CHRISTIAN RENONCIAT from 2011 Spring-Summer – AVAILABLE

Other designs from that same collection…

CUIRS DU DESERT HERMES SCARF BY FRANCOISE DE LA PERRIERE 2011 – SOLD
GRAND MANEGE HERMES SCARF BY HENRI D’ORIGNY ORIGINALLY ISSUED IN 1990 (REISSUED 2011) – AVAILABLE
HERMES SUMMER SILK SCARF LALBHAI by MICHEL DUCHENE ISSUED IN 1995 (REISSUED 2011) – SOLD
LES VOITURES NOUVELLES HERMES SCARF BY JACQUES EUDEL ISSUED IN 1961 (REISSUED IN 2011) – AVAILABLE
EPERON D’OR HERMES SILK SCARF BY HENRI D’ORIGNY ISSUED IN 1974 (REISSUED 2011 – SOLD
LE PEGASE D’HERMES HERMES SILK SCARF BY CHRISTIAN RENONCIAT 90 CM HIGHLY SOUGHT AFTER
$ 599 – AVAILABLE

Cuirs du Desert Hermès…Loti’s Aziyadé

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.

CUIRS DU DESERT HERMES SILK SCARF EARLY 1988 ISSUE

HERMES Scarves from 2001 Seasons I & II

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:

2001 Spring/Summer:

  • Varangues, Dimitri Rybaltchenkovarangue 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
  • Amazonia, Laurence Bourthoumieux – Amazonia
  • Jardin Créole (détail), Valérie Dawlat-Dumoulin – Creole Garden detail
  • Les Perroquets (détail), Joachim Metz – Parrots detail
  • Ombres et Lumières, Annie Faivre – Light and Shadows
  • Recontre Océane, Annie Faivre – Meeting of Oceans
  • Grands Fonds (détail), Annie Faivre – Great Depths (on the Seabed)
  • Huaca Piru, Sophie, Koechlin – Sacred Peru
  • Voyage au Long Cours, Dominik Jarlegant – Ocean Voyage/Long Course
  •  Sérénité, Zoé Pauwels – Serenity

2001 II Fall/Winter

In 2001 a pleated scarf cost $300 and a 90cm silk twill carre $270

There were 110 Hermes boutiques worldwide