Me and scarves don't really get along. More specifically my hair and scarves don't get along.
For someone who loves print and colour as much as me, the scarf seems the obvious vessel to add just one more layer of print. Sadly however my thick, long, tangly hair has other ideas. "Enough is enough Michelle!" it decries, as it starts to force itself into a large tangled ball underneath, clearly as some kind of rebellion against, well, I don't actually know. I mean, I can't see what harm a silky smooth scarf could do to it, yet it resists time and time again, leaving me scarfless or my hair tangled. All the while, Queen Marie can merrily layer scarf upon scarf with nary a strand out of place.
Last week I was asked to look at a label called This Way To Heaven, who create beautiful silk handprinted scarves. I said "I'm sorry, my hair says no" and passed the gem onto Marie. But I couldn't but help be bothered by just how un-cooperative my hair was. How dare it tell me what I can and cannot wear!
Later that week, as if in an act of counter defiance, an email popped into my inbox about another scarf label, Jane Carr, and their new range of prints, entitled “Love”. The Love range, hand-made in Italy, presents a collage inspired by "naïve needlework embroidery overlaid on a hazy, dreamlike landscape". The prints comes on luxurious pure silk voile, as a square and stole shape.
So perhaps I could actually be tempted to endure the tangled hair mess for one these beauties - The Last Scarf of Defiance...
And for all those metals fans out there who got my somewhat obtuse reference to the Exodus song, this is just for you....