MOM ENT S IN T H E E Y E S OF
Bali Ba rre t
There are those people who see through you and those that see into you, and she is one of the l atter: she look s at you, deeply into you, with a sure sense of the elegant possibilities of the moment. Her e y e s a r e w i de op en glittering with this distinguished sparkle. A f t er a l l , e y e s a r e a w i n d o w i n to t h e s o ul a n d h er e y e s r e v e a l m o m en t s of di v i n e c r e at i v i t y, t h e bi rt h of n e w i de as . On my recent trip to Paris, I had one moment in time to be with her, to talk about the creation of the C arré d’Hermès. And so we began.
Photo by Nathalie Goldberg
E v ery Day I Th in k ‘ I A m Luc k y To Be Th ere. ’ _Mar2012
‘Because I know that time is always time, And pl ace is always and only pl ace, And what is actual is actual only for one time , And only for one pl a ce . . .’ 66
Why silk as a material? And which is your next best texture (if not silk)? Silk is precious. It is emotionally colourful. It has thermal qualities (cold and warm). It is our talent at Hermès. Silk embellishes with time— and time is most valuable element we have these days. You can always pass on a Carré d’Hermès to your daughter! It is an object of desire. We have even launched vintage Hermès silk scarfs. How do you choose a design for this House? I meet with 70 dessinateurs every week. But the choice can come from anywhere; it is limitless. It can spring from an idea, from an exhibition, from an artist, a photographer. Always from art, and not from fashion. Any collaboration with a Middle East artist soon? I hope so. I’ve been only to Oman in the Middle East, and I loved it! What really inspires you? Freedom to create at Hermès plus the possibility to have access to the best—these are my real sources of inspiration. All designers have a muse, who is yours? I have idols, in fact. Photographers such as Sander and other German radical portrait photographers. I love their obsession, the passion in the artists. (Sander who has been described as the most important German photographer of the 20th-Century). Which is your favourite Hermès scarf, ever? It is a very difficult questions that I am often asked. These scarfs are like my children. I cannot prefer one to the other. To me they are ‘like real’. I feel they are alive especially that I only make things I like. No compromise. In Kuwait, women often buy many scarves (Hermès. of course). It covers the hair in style… but silk often drops off the hair. What is the solution you recommend? First, there is a special way to tie your carré (scarf) so it stays on your head (cf Page 66). Truth is we have printed cards for ways to tie your carré. Some of the carrés are bigger than others. But then again these carrés are alive just as your hair. It is only normal to rebrush your hair form time to time during the day. And it is only normal to retie your scarf during the day as well. _Mar2012
Tim e T r av el Sen s at ion s Horse-powered carriages galloped through the jardin des plantes in a unique time travel experience. Our eyes, indeed our spirits, witnessed horses flying as if we had entered a marvellous garden. Our ears listened to the sound of their hooves. Our skin shivered with the extreme cold until finally we reached the heated vegetation room, where again, we awakened to the sheer sensation of taste. The voyage through time had only begun. We walked through the spiral arriving at a banquet 70 metres long, seating 300 special guests from around the world. The world is a very small place especially for time travelers. Time gives HermĂ¨s a certain power that few other fashion houses haveâ€”history gives it pride of place. HermĂ¨s is a House where tradition continues to meet luxury.
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