Tuesday, 11 August 2009

Rolling with Ebony & Ivory

We all know how important it is to have that key wardrobe accessory that can come in handy at any time, whether it be dressing your favourite outfit up, adding that extra bit of style or simply saving any fashionista’s dressing dilemma.

So you can imagine the excitement in the fashion world when we heard about Ebony & Ivory - the hottest accessory label of the moment dealing in Rock n roll / hippy / romantic /quirky scarves. It is this ironic mix that makes them so special and a must have for both Summer and Winter.

These extra long lovelies are made from a mix of classic Palestinian, Tibetan and Skull scarves with a complimenting colour palette and each with their own handwritten love poetry along the seams, most of which from Oscar Wilde. I love that the scarves are made by a team at the White Raven, a nonprofit group that teaches job skills to the handicapped.

In the words of the Liberty of London store:

"Ebony & Ivory scarves are an amalgamation of influences and textures with each scarf several pieces of material sewn together – expect dyed keffiyehs, Eastern mystical imagery, skulls and Oscar Wilde quotations. Each scarf is completely unique."

Ebony & Ivory designer, Bianca Vaitl (a former German model) has not only ensured a cult celebrity following from the likes of Mischa Barton, Gisele Bundchen and Heidi Klum with her unusual creations but has also established her spot in The Scarf Room at the prestigious Liberty Of London where Creative Consultant, Yasmin Sewell and her team placed the scarves on their ‘Must have’ list for 2009. The gorgeous statement scarfs were also recently featured in Vogue.

Mischa Barton pictured here rocking it up in the classic Skull design.
Even better than appreciating designer Bianca Vaitl's scarves as they are, last week, the fashion pack were given the amazing opportunity to meet and greet Bianca herself at Liberty. The special, one off event allowed people to choose their scarf along with any personal inscription which Bianca will hand wrote then and there. The designer also gave some handy tips on how to style the scarves.

With accessories being the prime player in the industry at the moment, the team behind Ebony & Ivory are certainly keyed up on what the fashion capitals are after this season and next. So whether you are after those unique romantic words of love or just simply a name or image on your chosen scarf for that super present hurry down to Regent’s street finest department store for an authentic accessory which will never run out of style steam.

If however you are not in the UK, don’t panic! You can still purchase Bianca’s normal collection of scarves which are just as divine on the Liberty website, liberty.co.uk. Prices start from £240.
Available at Matches Spy, 87 Marylebone High Street, W1U 4QU (020 7487 5400 or matchesfashion.com); Liberty, Regent Street, W1B 5AH (020 7734 1234 or liberty.co.uk).
Posted by Katie Powell, London Fashion PR Exec.

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