Bienvenue, spring! The sun is finally shining on our faces. While we can’t wait to get out our summer wardrobe, it is still a bit chilly to put on a T-shirt or a tank top. For this transitional period, the scarf becomes the inevitable Paris fashion accessory. The rule is simple: choose a top and a colorful scarf, or a colorful top and a matching simple scarf.
While animal prints are everywhere, we discovered the artistic and colorful scarves designed by Milleneufcentquatrevingtquatre. Started by two young French designers who love art and photography, the brand creates original prints with contemporary influences. The theme of this collection—“flowers everywhere for whoever wants to see them well”—is inspired by the work of celebrated French painter Henri Matisse, from the structures of his collages to the abstraction of his forms. The collection is based on plastic experimentation, handmade processes, folding, creasing, cutting and more. Each piece is handwoven, printed and shaped in Lyon, the birthplace of traditional French silk scarves, with very light and high-quality silk.
Amélie Charroin and Marie Colin-Madan, designers of Milleneufcentquatrevingtquatre, were born in 1984. They are based in Lyon, a historic city known for traditional French silk scarves, and print and handcraft their pieces there. Amélie and Marie play on the codes of traditional silk works, creating original prints infused with contemporary influences: music, videos, painting, modern art. Their unique images are created through drawing and painting as well as the use of Photoshop. Respect for tradition and local knowledge is important to Milleneufcentquatrevingtquatre.
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