An Emma Shipley Odin scarf: Arctic foxes with winged helmets and feet! Frightfully expensive (£355) but idiosyncratic and beautiful.
Yikes, that is about $640 in $CDN (for a 55 inch by 78 inch rectangle), plus shipping and those ghastly customs duties, for modal, aka rayon. A high-end rayon, but still, The Scarf Is Too Damn High, girls.
A reader e-mailed me in early summer about an Etro scarf she was eying with a similar price point to the Odin, and I said the same thing: rayon should not ring in above a good weight silk.
I found a designer, FineArtSilk, on Etsy who has a category for scarves featuring foxes and owls. Soul sister! What do you think of Foxes on Gray?
Price is $75 plus shipping, and it is 100% silk. It has a naive charm but is not a natural fit with my wardrobe.
Closer to my palette is the scene of naughty foxes on Karen Mabon's 35-in. "Midnight Feast" silk square (also from Liberty), with an unusual teal, tomato, grey and black colourway and offbeat theme; the price, £110, is not crazy.
Hermès, "Chasse au Bois" features a pretty fox; I found a classic carré on eBay for around $US295. No question, I would wear it.
The medieval, costly Odin is out; the hand-painted owls probably too artsy-crafty, the midnight munchers tempting, and I have abiding affection for the quality and refined palette of Hermès—but wearing that means many others stay in the drawer. What to do?
In the meantime, at a corner vintage shop, I picked up a small Pucci-esque silk square, in new condition, for $10. No foxes, but a lively little tweakette.