Can any illustration or print make a good useful wearable scarf? I will argue it is possible. 

Wearing conversational print can be difficult but keeping the rest of the outfit simple, in this case black the colour pops in red, yellow and cream in the print is given room to shine. Love the idea of this scarf teamed with any chunky black, red, yellow or cream knitwear or coat. Anyway these where the classic colour combinations I had in mind would look good together when creating the artwork for this scarf but I am sure they are not the only once. 

Maria x 

#oldneworjustyou

I have talked about this before on this journal but the base colours in my wardrobe seem to stay the same season after season. I can’t help myself. I am a repeat buyer when it comes to colour. I love black, white, navy, grey and denim.

A few years ago you would never have seen me use the colour combination of bright blue and purple together. The colour purple was absent from my wardrobe and work. Then something changed!

I started to notice violet flowers everywhere. The short lived but beautiful wisteria season in London came upon us. In the beginning I ignored all these little violet flowers trying to speak to me everywhere.  Yet seeing the wisteria in full bloom on my daily bike journeys in London made me quietly have to admit that the colour violet is in fact lovely, feminine and fresh. Taking it a step further I also embraced the colour purple the close but not distant relative of the colour violet.

The English Rose print scarf is the outcome of this obsession, a scarf or the true blue colour lover or a purple convert just like me. Worn with favorite navy dress.

#oldneworjustyou

If you had to choose a version of this scarf to wear, which one would you prefer, the orange or teal? I can’t make up my mind? What makes you decided on the colours you wear? Do you decide with your head or follow your hart?

I have previously on this journal declared my love for orange in all shades and forms you can ready about this here My love for orange is an on going affair yet my relationship with the camel coat has yet blossom. I see stylish women wear this item every season. There is rarely a season where a variation of the camel coat is excluded from the catwalk and collections around the world. Yet on me, this colour and style somehow looks a bit dull. I am dying to join the camel coat community yet I have come to the conclusion that the only way for me to be able to join this club will be if I come armed with an orange scarf to go with the camel coat, and a Mac neon orange lipstick. My orange fish & chips print scarf was coloured with this particular job in mind, to keep the camel coat company, or perhaps give yours a new lease of life? What do you think?Mission accomplished?

I am jet to find the camel coat of my dreams, but will keep searching.

Above I am wearing the teal fish & chips print scarf with my favourite ochre dress and a classic white shirt. Below with my favourite denim cap

A possible colour match for my teal fish & chips print scarf above would be any item of clothing in tobacco, dark bottle green or pale blue and dusty mint. Dark blue denim, navy and black would work too. Perhaps a somehow easier colour story to wear than the orange? When deciding if I favour the orange or teal version of this scarf I have to admit I can’t make my mind up if I love orange as much as I think or if in everyday busy life the teal colour story would be easier.

So far a lot of early enthusiasm for the orange colour way has been shown amongst my creative friends and family however I have got a sneaky feeling that the teal colour way is going to be a slow burner, a bit like the story of the rabbit and the tortoise. As a designer this always happens to me. When designing a collection I instantly make a mental note of the scarves I think I would like to wear. It is always the boldest and most colourful ones, then when I have a second look when the collection arrives I choose totally different. Strange, I know.

 

If you would like to have a closer look at my fish & chips print scarf you can view the orange version here and the teal version here.

When designing the Crown Jewels print scarf I had in mind creating a scarf that would work well with black, blue and any grey, plus any shade of denim including my current favorite grey. What do you think? Is this scarf as versatile as I set out for it to be? More about the actual design process here

Maria x

#oldneworjustyou

In busy everyday life I personally find that dressing needs to be quick and easy. I’m sure I‘m not alone. The base colours in my wardrobe, the clothes I wear over and over again and find easy are mostly black, navy, grey and denim. I never have to think too much to wear any of these colours.

My lightweight wool/cashmere  exclusive Tate scarf below was designed to lift any outfit based around these easy colours, black, blue and grey.  Find it here

Read the full story about the design process and the colour inspiration of my Tate scarves here

 

 

My own wardrobe is an ever evolving mix of old and new like this easy olive green shirt dress black cropped jeans, cream suede flat pumps and black sunnies.

The multi coloured version of my exclusive to Tate scarf also looks great styled with a black jacket, jumper or coat. The warmer colour palette of this scarf was inspired by a visit to the Sonia Delaunay exhibition at the Tate Modern last year will also work with any shade of green and khaki, earthy tones, maroon and aubergine. I added some chartreuse and violet to this colour story to give the palette a lift. I personally find that I want the accessories I am wearing to either compliment my outfit or to lift the look. 

The multi coloured version of my Tate scarf can do both depending on how you fold it and which colours you choose to show. Find it here

Maria x