all i want for christmas....

If this book were to be waiting for me under the tree on Christmas morning, I will never again want for inspiration!

Ok.... so maybe that's a small exaggeration... one of the wonderful things about being a designer is that you can find inspiration anywhere and everywhere.  So maybe what I meant to say is "If this gift were to be waiting for me under the tree on Christmas morning, I would not move from my spot curled up on the sofa in the family room until I properly appreciate each and every image."

scarf-book.jpg publisher: thames and hudson limited

The publisher describes the book as:

A glorious insider’s view on Hermès' richly coloured world for fashionistas everywhere The fashion gift book for Christmas 2009 292 colour illustrations show these iconic patterns up close and in exquisite detail From classic designs that embody the house’s tradition to the wildly imaginative stylings of contemporary designers, each of the scarves featured in this book conveys a mood and every one tells a story The motifs range from the equestrian themes that are internationally associated with the Hermès brand, through French history and the natural world to global cultures Thumbnails of all the featured designs are included in the endmatter for quick and easy reference.

The Hermès scarf is one of the greatest fashion icons of all time. Worn by royalty and celebrities, coveted and admired, and now avidly collected, this deceptively simple square of silk is much more than just an accessory: it is the stuff of legend. Now for the first time the heritage and influence of House of Hermès is fully explored, from the first scarf’s debut in 1937 right up to the present day.

Nadine Coleno is an author and editor whose books include works on fashion, jewellery, contemporary art and architecture.