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LUST HAVES: Hèrmes’ Festival des Métiers at the Saatchi Gallery

Posted on: May 30, 2013

The great thing about working on Dressipi’s Twitter page is catching wind of some great events taking place all around the UK. On one day in particular I noticed rather a lot of buzz around a special exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery in London called Festival des Métiers. After doing a bit of research and mentioning it to our stylists, I discovered that it was an exhibition whereby the public could engage with and watch Hèrmes’ immensely talented craftspeople at work. Having always dreamt of owning an Hèrmes scarf of my own, I decided to pop down to the Saatchi Gallery and take a look.

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What struck me most about the exhibition was the sheer variety of craftsmen – from watches, to handbags, to china, to diamond jewellery, there was a craftsperson attached to each, all working with incredible precision and intricate detail. Watching the silk scarves being printed was a particular highlight, as well as learning about the layering of the stencils to create the design. With the quality and craftsmenship being of such a great standard, no wonder their scarves sit in the higher price bracket!

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Although I would love to be able to stroll into Selfridges and buy one of these beautiful printed scarves, the reality of it is that its just not going to happen (well, not today anyway!). There are however some great alternatives out there if you’d like to channel the Hèrmes look. This one from Jaeger is a great find, as well as this jungle printed one from H&M. Wear these with a relaxed tee and jeans for a daytime look, or alternatively wear them with your favourite white shirt.

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Jaeger, £79.20

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H&M, £9.99

Wonderful Hèrmes-esque prints don’t just stop at accessories. Why not try this lovelyLK Bennett printed shift dress, which will skim wonderfully over hips, or this slightly less expensive ASOS dress which would look fantastic teamed with some biker boots for a tougher look.

UntitledLK Bennett, £225                                    ASOS, £45 

Pip x

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