Post by T.M.
My grandmother was a lady. That was a fact that was universally accepted and when she died nearly ten years ago that is how everyone described her.
Nana used to venture into town on a Thursday to get her hair done and collect the RTE Guide (for her) and comics (for us – Bunty and M&J in case you were wondering). She was easy to spot amongst the other shoppers. Always perfectly and effortlessly put together, usually in one of her lovely coats (which CM and I now wear) I was always able to identify her from across the busy town square by her colourful printed, patterned or plain scarves.
With a collection to rival the scarf boxes in the vintage shops in and around George’s St Arcade, Nana would wear a different one each week, its main function being to protect her newly coiffed hair. For Nana, scarves were practical as well as sartorially pleasing and I have inherited her appreciation for these most versatile of accessories.
Miroslava Duma a.k.a. Mira Duma is a Russian socialite and fashion editor who has embraced scarves like Imelda Marcos embraced shoes. Now I don’t want to open up any Cold War-esque conversations but – well let’s just say there is a suspicious similarity between how Mira wears scarves and how my grandmother used to…
Images courtesy of foulards.at.ua
( I am not blaming anyone for those missing photographs or the strange tapping sound on our landline. )
Take note however; if you are not wearing your scarf in this fashion on this cold and drizzly day (or a day like this if you are not in the same vicinity as me) then you might as well not be wearing a scarf at all!
When visiting Cambodia a few years ago I came across the ‘Krama’. It would have been hard not to notice this particular type of scarf (and in this case I have to use the word ‘scarf ‘lightly) as every Cambodian owns at least one. The Krama is the epitome of multi-functional. It can be your sun-protector, sarong, towel, climbing aid… the list goes on. It has a distinctive look. Of course I bought one.
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Thinking about it, all of my scarves are kramas. I use them to jazz up bags, as belts, to cover my greasy locks from time to time and even as neckerchiefs a la air-hostesses or uber blogger Elin Kling – usually when I have a make-up line that I am too busy to fix!
Scarves are the concealer of accessories.
Earlier on today in London, Simone Rocha presented her S/S 2014 collection with some of her models skulking down the runway dressed as fancy gift-baskets. If the ‘scarf’ material was actually plastic, like with real gift baskets, and if I owned one and wore it today, I would have looked like a walking broken umbrella yes, but I am sure I would have arrived at work without looking and feeling like a kitten that has just been saved from drowning.
Image courtesy of http://www.theguardian.com
Scarves are the most versatile of accessories, and can’t really be misused. I am so glad it’s A/W so that I can bring the big (fluffy) guns out of hibernation. I won’t ever have to blend (my make-up) again! Until next summer.