Worn by the likes of Queen Elizabeth and Audrey Hepburn, the classic Hermes scarf—which measures 36 square inches and has been around since 1937—has truly stood the test of time. It can be styled as a neckerchief or a headscarf, twisted around the handle of a handbag, or even used in a rather unconventional fashion: Grace Kelly famously turned hers into a sling for her broken arm. Whether you collect Hermès scarves or are looking for an elegant-yet-festive holiday accessory, the Grand Manege Detail scarf 90 ($395) checks both boxes.
The Story Behind
At the Cadre Noir national riding school in Saumur – a symbol of French equestrian tradition – horses and riders in ceremonial costume perform in the Grand Manège arena. Voltes, serpentines, spirals, diagonals: the ﬁgures executed by these high-level dressage riders and their mounts inspired the scrolls of Henri d’Origny’s Grand Manège. In this detail from the original design, the imagination concentrates on the equestrian ﬁnery. Fabric rosettes, cockades, bits and stirrups, leather and buckles mark out on the silk the curves and lines traced by the horses during these demonstrations of virtuosity.