January 31, 2019
Scarves on Screen-my five favorite scarf style ideas from film and tv
It’s no secret I love a good scarf, so here’s some of my favorite on screen moments starring this must have accessory. These wardrobe departments really got it right when they finished off their leading ladies with a scarf. If you’ve ever coveted an on screen style, here’s a guide to the best looks to inspire.
THELMA AND LOUISE
Grab a gal pal and scarf in tandem on a girls roadtrip. All you need is a wrapped headscarf, cateye glasses and signature red lip. BYO classic convertible.
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This iconic outlaw road movie challenged the gender norms of its genre at the time and won writer Callie Khouri best screenplay at the Oscars in 1991. The friends’ journey goes from housewife to hunted when their vigilante justice sees them outlaws for murdering a rapist. The women’s evolving wardrobe throughout the film mirrors their progression from the classic ladylike traveler to fugitive.
BETTY DRAPER, MAD MEN
Running errands, running the household, running the world! Look sophisticated and always put together no matter what fresh hell you wake up to.
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I adored the many scarf moments of Betty Draper-Francis. The attention to detail by Janie Bryant in the costuming for this series really had some showstopping moments. January Jones’ role gives us an insight into the complex roles of womanhood in the 50’s while she struggled to find fulfilling purpose in a society that limited her to mother and wife. Here’s to vintage style, not vintage values!
BONNIE AND CLYDE
For the fashion forward fugitive who gives no fucks. Ready to ride or die?
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With an exhilarating combination of romance and violence, young moviegoers immediately fell in love with this crime classic. Striving to escape the mundane, the beautiful femme fatale captured imaginations with her desperate recklessness and 30’s gangster vibe. Dressed in a signature scarf and beret, Faye Dunaway’s character had a confidence and sex appeal that was elegant and chic. The Oscars would nominate Theadora Van Runkle in 1967 for her costuming of this film.
BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S
Sneaking around incognito or casually blending in? Go no further than the inconspicuous trench with scarf and glasses. Definitely not looking to attract attention here, go about your business….
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Images of Hepburn as a style icon in the little black dress have been mass marketed out of context for so long, it’s sometimes difficult to remember that disguised under the charming femininity of fashionably chic whimsy, the character of Holly Golightly is complicated, tragic and layered with subtext. Hepburn gives one of her greatest performances, with a subtle depiction of the deeply flawed call girl hidden behind the mask of carefree confidence.
It’s a shoot from the hip, quick draw style. It says ‘I’m casual and easygoin’, but don’t mess with me.’ When it comes to accessories, this ain’t my first rodeo darlin’.
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Sharp shootin’ and gun totin’ never looked better. You just cannot do the old west without a neckerchief. Doris Day sings some of her most memorable hits in this musical where she goes from homesteader tomboy to proper lady to snag the all important love of her life. Whip,Crack,Away!
With all these classics to choose from, it’s easy to see how a scarf can add the finishing touch to your vintage style. Whether it’s total glam or an everyday look, I hope you find outfit inspiration- whatever look you choose, there’s a scarf to suit!
October 15, 2018
How To Clean A Silk Scarf – a luxe laundry guide to washing silk at home
A pure silk scarf is a beautiful style investment and as such, you want to make its beauty last a lifetime. Dry cleaning is still recommended as the SAFEST way to clean your silk, but it can become expensive or inconvenient. So whilst you can certainly leave it to the professionals to launder your scarf, I’d love to share with you how I clean my scarves when I choose to do it myself.
People often ask me how to look after their Jacqueline scarf, and I always include care instructions with each of my pieces when they go to their new homes. If this is your first experience cleaning pure silk, or or you just want more detail, here is my method for when I prefer to do a little DIY.
Start with a clean slate
Or rather, a clean sink. Give your chosen basin a wash to get rid of any dirt or grease and then make sure any residual chemicals are washed away too.
Some like it hot
…But definitely NOT your scarf! I only ever fill the basin with cool to body temperature water. Sudden temperature changes can cause fabric shrinkage.
A little goes a long way
Think minimal and only add a teensy amount of mild detergent to the water. I never use regular laundry powder as most are too harsh and can damage the silk, causing it to lose it’s sheen. Choose a mild liquid soap specially formulated for delicate fabrics, or even a gentle baby shampoo.
Easy does it
Gently submerge the scarf and carefully move it around to push the water through the entire fabric. Soft, slow agitation is the key here, think of it as a calm and relaxing massage. Keep soaking times limited to under thirty minutes. Attempting to spot clean only selected areas of your scarf can result in watermarks or uneven tones in the silk, and you should never apply concentrated cleaning solutions.
Rinse and repeat
Excess soap and inadequate rinsing can make a scarf lose it’s soft and lustrous feeling…and we can’t have that! So rinse, rinse, rinse!
Seeing my scarf sad and dripping can cause the desire to squeeze out the water, but NEVER squeeze or wring the water out. Never ever! This is terribly damaging tot he fibers of the silk and can ruin the shape and fabric. Instead take a clean towel, lay the scarf at one end, then fold the rest of the towel over the scarf. Push down on your silk sandwich, gently pressing the water out into the towel. Lay the scarf flat to dry somewhere out of direct sunlight to avoid fading. Tumble drying is a huge NO NO.
The finishing touch
To get the scarf back to it’s perfect state, use a clean iron on silk setting, or medium heat. Always iron the reverse side of the scarf, or use a cloth over the silk to avoid direct heat.
Once you have your gorgeous scarf looking its best, here are some extra tips…
Be mindful of jewellery that might snag or catch the fibers, causing runs or pulls.
Same goes for rough surfaces (like leaning against concrete walls or raw timbers)
Avoid overspray from perfumes, deodorants and hairspray.
Be especially careful when using hairpins to keep a scarf in place.
When using the accompanying slider, gentle firm pressure is fine but avoid excessive resistance when pulling and tying.
Store your silk away from direct sunlight.
Following these steps will keep your luxurious silk scarf at it’s best for many years to come.