Roucou, who also designs fine leather goods, creates his pieces from old postcards and found photos; see his web site for more scarves. Issued in small collections, each limited edition presents seven designs.
In an online interview in BeautyEditions, he said,
“A scarf around one’s neck can create many different looks…that’s what I find interesting about this accessory. Each person can “build” a look depending on the manner in which the scarf is worn. One can express: a bourgeois side, Gypsy, bad boy, ‘dolce vita a Roma’.”
Roucou's cult brand is hard to find, but if your chic shoulders would like to try one, I've located more.
Temp des Rêves carries a French name, but is the work of Australian photographer Adrian Mesko; the scarves (in silk chiffon, silk satin and cashmere blend) are sold on the site, as well as at Barney's, Net-a-porter and Liberty. "Bond Street Jewels" in silk is $275.
|Photo: Temps de Rêves|
Lillie Toogod, an Englishwoman who now lives in Australia, founded Good & Company to showcase her photos on oversized rectangles of silk chiffon or carrés of silk. I'm getting great use of mine and find the chiffon surprisingly versatile, though do have to be more careful about flinging it over chairs than with silk twill.
You can now pre-order the Autumn-Winter 2013/14 range, including the urbane Champs Elysées silk chiffon, a departure from touristic Paris views. Price (which includes postage), $AUS 229.
|Photo: Good & Company|
When wearing it, your photo print will read as a colour landscape or reveal only a partial image; here, as an example, is "Champs Elysées" worn as a headwrap.
To show the image more fully, wear the scarf long and relatively untied, in the manner of the rectangular scarf below, another street scene, this time clearly New York.
The cashmere/silk rectangle, "NYC Times Square Taxi" is by Shawlux, at Nordstrom; price $155.
Notice, too, how a print on wool is usually less distinct than those on silks.
Silk by Bryony is another line featuring the photographer's own work; here, a silk georgette wrap (54" x 54" or 137cm), "Cornfields", in dreamy yellow and blue. From Boticca; price, $385.
Digital printing allows designers to combine the photo with other design elements, as in this 130cm square wool/modal/cashmere "Iceberg" scarf by Alva-Norge, also at Boticca; price, $229.
A double process (photo-plus-graphic) ideftly updates a wardrobe; these look very different from like the scarves of the past decade.
Photo prints speak of a place and time; an artful one lends mystery, richness and character. New printing techniques have placed them on bags, tops and even dresses, but a scarf seems to me a welcoming place to wear them.