Scarves: Tying on photo prints

Take two minutes to enjoy this short and charming video, "How Do Parisian Women Wear Scarves?" in which Parisiennes apply insouciant ties to a Phillipe Roucou photo print scarf. Then we'll stroll through the Passage. 

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.
Photo: Nordstrom

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.

Photo: Boticca

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.


LPC said…
I think my Eric Bompard scarf - image of a shack on stilts over the sea, may be a photo print. The fun thing is that depending on how I drape it it might have a completely different color impact.
Susan B said…
Wonderful video! I love how the print on a scarf becomes a hint, a suggestion once worn. The full secret is known only to the wearer.
If I recall, there are some here at a shop showcasing local craftspersons, at the corner of Villeray and Henri-Julien.

Loved the Parisiennes with their scarves, but one over 40 would have been nice,hein?
materfamilias said…
Oh, thank you for that video this morning -- just the distraction I needed!
Anonymous said…
Such pretty Parisiennes, and gorgeous scarves. I love the Taxi-in-Times-Square one.

Given the advances in digital printing on fabrics, I'm guessing that it won't be long before we're wearing our own photos on scarves--seems such an obvious idea for an online business, don't you think?

What a great video...I'm inspired to wear one of my scarves today.
Anonymous said…
A lovely post. For those who are sewists, the online fabric store Emma One Sock frequently sells digital prints in a variety of fabrics - silk, twill, denim, etc. - and you could make your own scarf or other garment. Sometimes Marcy Tilton online has digitally-printed fabrics for sale.
Duchesse said…
LPC: Your EB scarf is absolutely a photo print!

une femme: I have been tempted to store it open, on a table or even as a wall hanging, to enjoy the full image.

lagatta: I have seen a number of them here, and the ones i have seen tend to use fewer colour screens- often monochromatic but very well done.

materfamiias: Only a few moments, but a respite and views of Paris!

C. Etsy seller MarlenasArtSilks will print your own photos as a scarf. I would only want that as a full-bleed, though, which I am not sure she does, but you could inquire.

Anon: Great idea. They look best on the body in a fairly fine fabric with some drape but you could also do pillows or bags with them.
Susan said…
Lovely scarves! Thank you for showing them to us!
Anonymous said…
Spoonflower lets you design your own fabrics and the online design preview is a lot of fun.

Your captchas are way too hard!!

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