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Comme des Garçons designer puts her stamp on the luxury French brand

Rei Kawakubo for Hermes

Hermes is not noted for its abstract prints – think of what this iconic brand means to you and you’ll inevitably conjure up images of horses, carriages and all things equestrian. 

Times they are a changing though… If you look at the Hermes e-boutique now you will see graffiti-inspired twill Gavroches (small silk handkerchiefs), which are worlds apart from the classic coach and horse designs so intrinsically linked with classic Hermes scarves.

Hermes and  Kawakubo's designs

Now the creative force behind Comme des Garçons, Rei Kawakubo, has given her abstract take on 11 limited edition silk carré scarves, available from Dover Street Market from February.

There are two collections, Noir et Blanc,  black and white abstractions as the name suggests, including the deconstructed horse and Pollock-style 'ink' splodge above, and Couleur, a line of six bright scarves featuring geometric shapes and spots. We love the 'polka dot ponies' scarf as we've named it, above left.

Prices start at around £360 which is steep, but we predict the scarves will sell out quicker than you can say 'Kawakubo keep em coming', epecially with regards to Japanese fans

The Couleur collection will be available online at from February 6th , Noir et Blanc hits the site on April 1st