Newest Hermès scarf inspired by art, to benefit architecture

(credit: Hermès | Elaine Lustig Cohen)

French fashion house Hermès just released their newest, limited-edition silk scarf. But unusually, it’s more inspired by art and architecture than it is by fashion.

Named “Centered Rhyme,” the design on the square scarf is by the late American artist Elaine Lustig Cohen, and it’s based on one of Lustig Cohen’s large-scale paintings of the same name.

Philip Johnson’s Glass House (credit: Carol M. Highsmith via Wikimedia)

Her partnership with Hermès began in 2015, at an exhibition of her early paintings and graphic design held at Philip Johnson’s Glass House (the architect was her first client). Following the exhibition, Pierre-Alexis Dumas, artistic director of Hermès, met Lustig Cohen at her Manhattan home and the pair created the scarf based on her painting.

The colors — crème, jaune, and rose — are true to Lustig Cohen’s original piece.

A portion of proceeds from the scarf’s sale (it retails for $395) will go towards the preservation of the famed modernist house.