“And, of course, they totally own the silk scarf”, a friend remarked the other day while we were discussing our love of department store Liberty London. And it’s true, the reworked archive prints make for exquisitely beautiful scarves to be longterm cherished by those who love them (…)
Collections of scarves – new, old, in vintage shops – have always fascinated me; the softest, prettiest object d’art adding sophistication, colour and elegance to an outfit. And so confidence giving. It takes and therefore, makes, confidence to carry off such a flamboyant piece. Committing to such a style statement for a day is a headstrong move and one that should be made more often (on my part anyway!).
I’m also deeply drawn to (let’s say fetishistic about) beautiful packaging – see above – and the royal purple hue of a Liberty box and bag is something that makes me a little breathless; so much so it makes it very difficult to (a) remove what was bought from the bag and break the spell – you with me? – and (b) ever dispose of the bag. But I love meeting others like me, who keep Liberty bags to re-use and pass on to each other (for one reason or another), and celebrating a shared, if never verbally acknowledged, passion for what the bags represent; luxury, shopping, taste and satiation. These people often are my best friends.
So gift-giving. You really can’t make a mess of things for any lady relation or friend in your life were you to present her with an iconic piece of Liberty London silk twill. Pictured is the cream Imran silk scarf; this design from 1993, but the original Imran – created by western designers inspired by the Oriental – dates back to 1913 when it was used as dress fabric. Opulent, elegant, deeply covetable and nearly a metre square, so more than big enough to do a variety of things with. The Liberty scarf card set has some lovely ideas, but I’m such a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants gal, I like to keep things at their easiest level. See below for my three super easy ways to wear this scarf…
3 SUPER EASY WAYS: A SILK SCARF
WAIST: Using a scarf as a belt is something I used to do loads as a teenager and always looks so good with denim. I just twisted roughly, thread through the loop holes and tied in a bow.
NECK: Luckily silk scarves have a habit of falling just right – and also back in bandana neckerchief form this NYFW AW15 – so folding into a rough triangle and wrapping twice round the neck and then knotting can look super pretty without much effort.
HEAD: Head scarfs round the head 70s style are maybe a bit out there, but actually a really fun look. Def a good one for parties. Again, I just twisted roughly, positioned on my forehead and tied in a knot at the back of my head, over my hair, not under.
Created in collaboration with Liberty. As ever, all styling, direction & views my own.