Although your favourite clothing brands have been trying to force their AW17 product on you since you were still dithering over the right shade of Vilebrequin pastel for that fortnight in Lanzarote, this is the time of year when the discerning shopper starts pushing the “Buy Now” button on some of the thousands of items piled up in his online baskets.
One of the products that tends to get ignored in the stampede – even though AW is very much its season – is the scarf, probably because they tend to change hands only in the form of gifts, so they only get hawked with any enthusiasm in the panic phase of Christmas shopping.
Here’s a great look though, that you should consider for the darker months.
In the picture above, an elderly man is being pushed around by his son.
Judging by the vehicle, they are probably on Oxford Street somewhere.
The man, Michael Whitehall, is wearing a tan suit, a white shirt and a RED SILK SCARF knotted over the shirt and tucked into the buttoned suit.
This is the look you should be going for.
If you’re the kind of person who spills his food (or like the unfortunate producer in Peter Biskind’s history of Hollywood in the seventies Easy Riders and Raging Bulls, who when asked the time by actor John Lithgow manages to pour an entire tumbler of whisky over himself) then the tan suit is optional.
The over-the-shirt scarf, though, is a winner.
But it’s too cold in winter, you say.
You’re wrong, says the Fashion Desk. The English winter generally manages about half a dozen days of genuine sub zero fashion challenges.
But a winter scarf should be made of wool, you say.
Wrong again says the FD. The winter scarves you know have all been made of wool because they’ve been bought for you by people who don’t know what else to get you, not because they are appropriate for the barometer.
But I don’t work in the theatre, you say.
Let them think it anyway, says the Fashion Desk.
This masterpiece by the Peckham Rye company, an organisation which understands silk scarves at a molecular level, is officially known as the London Spot Print Scarf block 20, and is available here.
If you are in any doubt about your preferred look, Peckham Rye supplies a diagram of 12 styles to “meet your everyday needs – from replicating the London coachman style of the 17th century to the Italian look of the 1960s.”
This fellow is the work of the Aspinal accessories empire, and can be bought here. Especially for anyone who enjoys a “flamboyant flourish of hand-knotted tassels.”
The Tootal company should have a day in the calendar named after them for their services to paisley, keeping the swirling majesty alive even during spells when it has passed into the deepest outer space of fashion.
This work of art is for those who need a little more energy from their patterns than polka dots can provide, and you can buy it here.