Calling all collectors! Kenzo has joined forces with Liberty to create an exclusive, limited edition range of scarves this season. The best selling Liberty Art Fabric ‘Tree of Life’ print – first launched in 1976 – has been updated with Kenzo’s signature tiger motif to create a covetable accessory with a combination of classic and iconic design. The flowering tree is based on traditional Persian designs symbolising fertility with its exotic fruits, flowers and creatures – a suitable setting for the ferocious tiger synonymous with Kenzo’s 1970 jungle themed boutique.
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What’s better than a scarf? A Liberty scarf!
We’re famous for our iconic scarf hall, so for the month of December we’re celebrating our unrivalled range. Every day from today until Christmas Eve, our accessories team: Ruby, Miranda and Fiona, will be sharing with you their favourite scarves, how to wear them and letting you in on a few secrets of our scarf hall.
We want to hear from you too! What’s your favourite scarf, and how do you wear yours? Post your pictures on Twitter or Instagram using #AScarfADay and we’ll be picking three winners to receive a beautiful Liberty scarf as a gift, just in time for Christmas!
You can chat to our accessories team live on Twitter: @Liberty_Ruby or @Liberty_Miranda. If you’re not on Twitter, simply post your questions below and we’ll pass them on.
Fancy expanding or starting your own Liberty scarf collection? Discover the our collection of current and new season scarves online.
TERMS & CONDITIONS
1. Our accessories buyers will choose three winners from all entries received via Instagram and twitter to win a Liberty scarf
2. Photos must be uploaded onto twitter or instagram using #AScarfADay to qualify.
3. Competition runs between Sunday 1st December and closes midnight, Sunday 21 December 2013, so we are able to post out the scarves in time for Christmas.
4. Liberty reserve the right to change or amend the prizes at any time. The judge’s decision is final.
5. Standard competitions apply, please see Liberty.co.uk/competitionterms for full details.
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Just in time for Christmas and the cold winter months ahead, Liberty’s hero print, Hera, makes a dramatic return to the scarf hall and Liberty.co.uk. With its iconic feather motif, it was originally created in the 1880s; the colourful peacock print was named after Greek goddess, Hera, for her love of the beautifully plumed birds. Truly decadent, this Deco style design is synonymous with Liberty and our glorious Neo-Tudor flagship store, and has been translated for use on a myriad of timeless pieces.
In four exquisite colourways, the re-worked design features a larger, bolder depiction of the instantly recognisable print with utterly luxurious elements, making it the ideal gift for someone special this Christmas. Screen printed in Italy using no less than thirteen different dyes, the result is a symphony of richly intense colour, with shades ranging from warm jewel tones, to subtly calming pastels. A contrasting border, with smaller print and more subdued colours, leads to a gently fringed edge. Each scarf is hand-frayed – a process which takes expertise and craftsmanship as care must be taken to protect the design from tearing. Then a special finish is applied for the ultimate softness, and given the scarves are created from cashmere and silk, the result is a disarmingly luxe accessory.
Whether buying for an avid collector of Liberty print, or the woman who has everything, the new Hera design makes a memorably opulent gift. Treasured, it is a trustworthy piece destined for years of trans-seasonal wear.
Love your scarf? Find out all the different ways you can wear it on Liberty TV.
Discover the new Hera print cashmere and silk-blend scarves, or be inspired by the rest of the Liberty scarf collection.
This month the window displays in our Regent Street flagship store have been artfully installed with the season’s finest and most coveted accessories. Luxe leather bags in the hues du jour are strategically stacked and strung up with silk wrapped bungee rope in sculptural shapes, while elegant silk scarves in striking prints are suspended from above seemingly floating and rippling in the wind to off-set the hard lines of the bags.
We caught up with Liberty’s head of visual identity Maxine Groucutt to find out more.
What was the inspiration or concept behind this month’s window displays?
Scarves always take on a new lease of life when tied, twisted and draped on the body so when these are displayed in the windows they need movement. The idea came from fans billowing the scarves in one direction. This was important and to animate this the exaggerated borders were added with the silk rope tethering the scarves to the light cubes layered with accessories wrapped in silk cord.
How were the displays constructed and the materials sourced?
The walls are all wrapped in polystyrene, an inspired choice by the team as this adds texture to the back walls and allowed them to fix meters of invisible thread to enable the scheme to work.
Tell us a secret about the making of this display?
The air stream in each window varies when you open and close the doors so each window had to be set, the door closed and checked from the outside than rigged again until they were perfect. It took three days in total to get this element of the scheme right. The graphics are plastic suckers with thin black thread twisted around them to create the letters.
Watch our Instagram video below to see our billowing scarf windows in action.
Since first meeting Professor Richard Weston at our Best of British Open Call back in 2010, when he woo-ed our buyers with this fresh approach to the fashion world and scientific scarf design techniques, we’ve watched his stunning silk scarves grow in both popularity and beauty.
His much anticipated new season AW12 collection has arrived in store, so we caught up with the Professor to see how things have changed since his first season here at Liberty.
If you want hear more about Richard Weston’s story, catch up on LIBERTY TV. He’ll also be here in store for a personal appearance on Thursday 16th August, where you’ll be able to meet and man himself between 1-6pm in our Scarf Hall.
You’re described as “fashion’s most unexpected new design star” by British Vogue. How have things changed since being discovered at our Best of British Open Call?
Completely! I’m able to devote a lot more time to my work and although Liberty remains our ‘spiritual home’ we’re selling all over the world from New York to Tokyo. I’ve made a special scarf for Burt’s Bees to help promote awareness of the environmental issues facing beekeepers, and some very ‘starry’ names are wearing Weston Scarves (sadly I’m not allowed to mention them!). I’ve even been described in the Observer as ‘an academic even cooler than Brian Cox’ – and by the very stylish Lauren Laverne, no less!
Which fossils / minerals appear in the AW12 collection? Are there any particular favourites which stand out?
As ever, there are a lot of agates – the most varied and versatile of all – and I’ve aimed to combine warm autumnal colours with rich ‘wintery’ blues. The latter include two of my favourites: a very ‘architectural’ quartz with giant monochrome crystal forms and a new departure in the form of an image of pigments diffused in synthetic resin, captured from an ‘offcut’ of a work by Ruth McLees, an artist-friend.
Now you’re prints have taken off in the fashion world, do you still have time for your other loves – teaching and architecture?
I’m still teaching 3 days a week but have had to put plans to build my own house on hold – I am, however, hoping to get Planning Permission for an additional studio in the garden of my existing house. I’m still determined to demonstrate the full potential of what I call the ‘Digital Arts and Crafts’, however, but unless someone else wants to take the plunge that may be a few years away.
Have you started to be recognised on the street yet?
Not now that BBC2’s ‘Britain’s Next Big Thing’ is becoming a distant memory. Amazingly, just over a year ago I bumped into an English teacher in my favourite spot in New York – the tiny but exquisite Paley Park on 53rd Street – who recognised me!
Do you still feel surprised when you see your scarves hanging here in the Liberty Scarf Hall?
Happily, they’re becoming a familiar sight! – I’m far from blasé, but the initial thrill has inevitably worn off just a little. But there’s always a buzz seeing them displayed beautifully – and, of course, people admiring and buying them.
You’ll be here in store on the 16th August for a personal appearance – will we spot you trying your hand at any new scarf styling techniques with our scarf tying guru Lauranne?
I could certainly use a few new twists! We’re launching a traveling exhibition called ‘Container of Curiosities’ in Cardiff at the end of September and some of my local fans will undoubtedly be eager for new styling tips. We’re planning to bring the exhibition to London – and then ‘The World’! It’s based on Renaissance collectors’ rooms that teemed with displays of minerals, fossils, stuffed animals, you name it – and also with strange hybrids combing ‘nature’ and ‘art’. We hope it will surprise and delight.
You’re based in Dinas Powys, Wales – any plans to relocate to a Weston Print house in the future?
I have an assistant, Ceri Redman, in Wales and we do all the design work. My business partner Martin Price, who’s based in Surrey, handles the ‘business’ side and – for now – we’re coping. But given the rate of growth I wouldn’t dare to predict where we might be in two years’ time.
Our next Best of British Open Call is coming up in January 2013 – what advice would you give to fellow hopefuls who’ll be attending the event?
Enthusiasm, commitment and originality seem to me all important, not a ‘slick’ presentation. Regardless of the outcome it’s a great day to be part of, full of energy and interesting people, so enjoy the waiting (it can take a while to be seen!) and savour a unique event that might just change your life for ever.
Shop the new range of Weston Scarves online here and if you think you could be the next Richard Weston, why not sign up for our Best of British Open Call in 2013?