Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Build a Capsule Wardrobe by Starting with a scarf: Hermès Peinture Fraiche

A scarf without a lot of color in it can be a challenge, but I think of scarves as silk jewelry.  As such, this scarf, for me, became something made of silken pearls, and a of a burnished, brushed pewter that just happened to be fiber rather than metal.  When taken in that sense, this scarf goes anywhere that "cool" toned jewelry would go.  It was lovely to study...

Taupe pearl earrings – Adrienne Vittadini,  Navy dress – Alberta Ferretti, navy pumps – Debenhams, bracelet – Chan Luu, taupe sweater – Vince, moccasins – Minnetonka, ivory jeans – Windsmoor Classic

Studded pearl earrings – Renee Lewis, sweater – Cruciani, Boucle skirt – Marc Jacobs, boots – Nine West, bracelet – Antik Batik, tee shirt – Neil Barrett, white capris – Monsoon, sandals - Gunmetal

Drop earrings – Alexis Bittar, Cardigan – Suno, Ivory wool dress – Elizabeth and James Avery, suede pumps – Salvatore Ferragamo, hoop earrings – Kenneth Jay Lane, sweater – Paul & Joe, jeans – Current Elliott, boots – Vanessa Bruno

Tee shirt – Woolrich, bracelet – Alexis Bittar, safari skirt – L’Agence, sandals – Seychelles, earrings – Swarovski-Elements, duffle coat – Acne, dress – Vivienne Westwood, pumps – Duccio Venturi


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    1. Nope - one of my dearest readers owns it, and sent me a photograph of it. I loved being asked to suggest some outfits based on this beauty!

  2. This is a beautiful presentation and very inspiring. I have many similar items in my wardrobe but never considered putting them together so artfully. I've been following your blog for about a month now and reading as much of the older posts as time has allowed. The advice and examples you give are just great. Thanks.


  3. The simple elegance of these wardrobes is stunning. Again you show me that I have so much more to wear than I realized.......

  4. Oh how I love this scarf and the wardrobe. I am envious.

  5. Oh I am thrilled that you posted my scarf and some ideas!
    I have a few items that are similar to these and you've made me see this through "new eyes" you are indeed very clever!
    Thank you so much!
    I must apologize for addressing you as Vivienne, I can see clearly now that your name is Janice.

  6. Jan, this is so elegant it takes my breath away! What a nice blend of elegant and playful!

  7. realize you have the ability to make me feel dowdy virtually? Or, virtually dowdy....virtually. -EM

  8. This set of outfits with the scarf is such beautiful work. I will be studying it in even greater detail than usual. For all that each set looks "simply" perfect, I can tell it took a sophisticated eye to put together.

    This is the one Hermes scarf that actually tempts me to buy an Hermes. And wear it. Wow. Thank you!

  9. Lovely -- may I ask what the name of this Hermes design is? Thanks!

    1. it's actually called Peinture Fraiche - French for "fresh paint". If you look closely at the design, you can see that it appears to be freshly painted onto the fabric.
      thanks for being here!

  10. So love all your selections and that scarf...LOVE LOVE! .. :) Jeanne x

  11. *sigh* love!

  12. Sublime combinations! This post is the holy grail of capsules, Janice. (I silently translate everything away from a Hermes big silk square, though, to a long, oblong scarf in pearly-pewter shades which would slenderize those persons-- I speak for myself-- who need as many optical illusions as they can get).

  13. Very nice. Perhaps you could show some of your scarf tying options in the future...

  14. Great article, like always! I am very much impresses with your work..

  15. Wonderful! Love the color palette, love everything about these combinations, actually.

  16. Love these neutral colors.
    The combinations are perfect, as always.

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